Paris Facts

Paris Facts
Paris is the capital city of France, located in the northern area of the country and at the center of Ile-de-France (Paris Region). The early inhabitants of the region were the Celtic Parisii tribe, who are believed to have settled there from the mid-3rd century BC. In 52 BC the Romans conquered the region and developed a town called Lutetia. It later became known as Parisius (Latin), or Paris (French). By the end of the 1100s, Paris was France's cultural, economic, political, and religious capital. Paris continued to grow amidst centuries of war, and eventually became home to 2.7 million people by 1901. It became known for its people and their art, fashion, film, literature, architecture, and culture and continues to be regarded around the world for these aspects.
Interesting Paris Facts:
Paris is often referred to as the 'City of Lights'.
Famous landmarks in Paris include the Pyramid of the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Palace of Versailles, the River Seine, and the Eiffel Tower.
The French Revolution started in Paris.
The Louvre Museum in Paris is the most visited art museum in the world.
Each year approximately 22.4 million tourists visit Paris.
Paris has a mild but moderately wet climate, but it does experience extreme heat on occasion.
For most of Paris' history it has been governed by a king, president, or emperor however it gained municipal autonomy in 1974. This meant that it could be run as a city with a mayor. Paris' first mayor was Jacques Chirac.
Paris' City Hall has been at the same location since 1357.
Every single tree in Paris has been referenced and is measured. There are 470,000 trees in Paris.
There are approximately 9,057 open terrace eateries in Paris.
Only one STOP sign exists in Paris. People are expected to give the right of way to the person on the right.
Paris has 6,100 streets. The shortest street is Rue des Degres at 5.75 meters.
Paris has approximately 1,784 bakeries. The Parisians are known for their pastries and cuisine.
When Hitler arrived in Paris during WWII the French did not want him visiting the top of the Eiffel Tower so they cut the lift cables. If he wanted to reach the top he would have had to climb more than 1000 steps. He chose not to make the climb.
During WWII the Mosque of Paris gave Jews Muslim IDs to help them avoid being murdered by Nazis.
Paris' oldest bridge is the Pont Neuf. Pont Neuf means 'New Bridge' in English.
There are still a few houses from the Middle-Ages in Paris. They were restored in the 1970s and date back to the 1400s.
It is expensive to live in Paris. It is ranked as the fifth most expensive city in luxury housing, but 62% of the buildings date back before 1949.
Most people in Paris rent, with only 33% of Parisians owning a home in the city.
The population of Paris peaked in 1921 at 2.9 million. Today this number is less, with approximately 2.2 million residents living in the city.

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