Paris: France's beautiful capital

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July 8th 2015
Published: July 8th 2015
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Paris, France

One of the largest cities in Europe and one of the most visited in the world, Paris is an open air art exhibit. During centuries French leaders invested all of their energy in displaying the grandeur of their country to the world. With Paris as their canvas, they created splendid architecture, manicured orderly parks and numerous elegant boulevards. There was a price to pay; most of medieval Paris was destroyed to leave room for such extensive projects. Nevertheless, what remains to this day is a large number of historic monuments that represent the best of their time period.


The city of Paris is divided into twenty districts (arrondissements) within the Périphérique road, in the center of a vast urban area that covers more than 17,000 km2. The current urban grid was traced in the XIX century when Napoleon III commissioned G.E.Hausmann to replace the chaotic medieval town with a modern geometrical one. It is made of hundreds of large boulevards intersecting each other in circular crossroads marked by grand monuments. These boulevards are connected by an endless number of streets, with a different calmer atmosphere. Most of the city is flat, except for a couple of hills, being the highest Montmartre, popular among tourists. The river Seine divides the city into north and south.

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