Paris is the capital and largest city in France, situated on the river Seine.
is today one of the world's leading business and cultural centres, and it
influences politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the
2010 Paris was ranked among the three most important and influential cities in the
world, among the first three "European cities of the future" – and
among the top ten most liveable cities in the world.
Paris also ranks among the 10 greenest
European cities in 2010.
Paris is the world's most expensive city
in which to live. With about 42 million tourists per year, Paris is the most visited city in the
world. The city and its region contain 3,800 historical monuments.
the 20th century the city became a
gathering place of artists from around the world, from exiled Russian composer
Stravinsky and Spanish painters Picasso and Dalí to American writer Hemingway.[
Paris has several prominent hills, of
which the highest is Montmartre at 130 m.
Paris has the typical Western European
oceanic climate which is affected by the North Atlantic Current. Paris' climate can be described as mild
and moderately wet.
de la Bastille is a district of great historical
significance, because the square has often been a site of political
demonstrations. Place de la
Concorde is the site of the infamous guillotine.
is a 17th century garden-promenade-turned-avenue connecting Place de la
Concorde and Arc de Triomphe. It is one of the many tourist attractions and a
major shopping street of Paris.
Montmartre has always had a history with
artists and has many studios and cafés of many great artists in that area. Quartier
Latin is a major educational centre in Paris.
city's most prized museum, the Louvre, welcomes over 8 million visitors a year, being by far the world's most-visited art
museum. The city's cathedrals are another main attraction. Disneyland in Paris is a major tourist attraction for
visitors to not only Paris but also the rest of Europe, with 14.5 million visitors in
Louvre is one of the world's largest and most famous museums, housing many
works of art, including the Mona Lisa (La
and the Venus de Milo statue.