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Paris, France’s capital, is located just below where the river Marne flows into the Seine, and the latter divides the city into two parts: the Right Bank and Left Bank. The city itself, Ville de Paris, has a population of approx. 2,200,000 (2010), while the larger urban region Paris has a total population of between 11 and 12 million. Ville de Paris is administratively divided into 20 so-called “arrondissements”.
Paris is widely regarded as Europe’s cultural and fashion capital, it offers countless attractions. Some of the most famous and popular visitor destination is the Gothic cathedral of Notre-Dame, situated on Ile de la Cité in the middle of the Seine. It was begun before the year 1200 and is one of the world’s most famous churches. From the tower (387 steps), there are fine views over central parts of Paris. Other famous churches in Paris is the white Basilica of Sacre Coeur, which is on the Montmartre hill from the late 1800s and the very beautiful St. Sulpice Church from 1754, located in St. Germain area.
Paris’ s most famous landmark, the Eiffel Tower, built in 1889 for the centennial of the French Revolution. The tower is 324 meters tall (including the antenna on top), and was once the world’s tallest building. There is a lift to the top, and from there you have a fantastic panoramic view. Almost as famous is the Arc de Triomphe to the Unknown Soldier, located on the Place de l’Etoile (Star Square), at one end of the Champs Elysées. At the other end of the street stands the Place de la Concorde, where there is an over 3000 years old Egyptian obelisk.Adjacent to the Place de la Concorde is the beautiful Tuileries Gardens.
The park is also France’s most popular art museum, the Louvre, where all the big picture of the history of art are represented – including Leonardo da Vinci’s painting “Mona Lisa”. In a metropolis like Paris, there are of course a number of other museums (including the modern Pompidou Centre), in addition to opera, theaters, concert halls and other cultural institutions.
When it comes to architecture, several of the bridges over the Seine worth seeing. This is particularly the oldest, Pont Neuf – which was built as early as 1600.
Otherwise, the Paris known for its rich restaurant offers. A visit to some of the charming outdoor cafés in the picturesque Latin Quarter on the Left Bank, is a must for any Paris tourist.
Paris is visited each year by more than 30 million tourists, including many families with children – guaranteed to put the trip on the giant theme park Disneyland Paris – approx. 30 km east of the city.