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Located in the north of France on the river Seine, Paris has the well deserved reputation of being the most beautiful and romantic of all cities, brimming with historical associations.
Visiting Paris...

Paris is renowned for its classical architecture and town planning. In the early 1600s, Parisian architecture began to evolve its own style when uniqueness and grace were added to the regularity and proportion of the Ancient and Renaissance styles. And then in 1853, Emperor Napoleon III commissioned Georges-Eugène Haussmann to demolish the old overcrowded and unhealthy areas of Paris, and replace them with wide avenues, parks and squares, symmetrically centered on the Arc du Triomphe. His work has remained unspoiled, fortunately spared from bombing during WWII. This is an aerial view of the city...

Paris Aerial

The Arc de Triomphe is positioned in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle's large roundabout at the western end of the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. The monument honors those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with illustrative statues and the names inscribed of all the French victories and generals.

The Arc de Triomphe

Here is a map of the city extending to the Periphique road circling the city, with Portes corresponding to entrances to the original city ramparts...

Paris Map

Inaugurated in 1889, the Eiffel Tower (named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel whose company designed and built the tower) has become the universal symbol of Paris and France, attracting a huge number of tourists...

Eiffel Tower

At the eastern end of the Avenue des Champs-Élysées is the Musée du Louvre, one of the largest museums of the western world, showcasing 35,000 pieces of art including most famously the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci...

Louvre

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, "Our Lady of Paris," is a beautiful example of French Gothic architecture on the the Île de la Cité, in the river Seine. Over 13 million visitors each year visit the cathedral, which remains the focal point for Catholicism in France.

Notre Dame de Paris

The unusually designed Centre Georges Pompidou, the national center of art and culture near Les Halles, is focused on contemporary creativity including theatre, music, cinema, literature and the spoken word...

Centre Pompidou

Montmartre is located on a hill in Paris, topped by the white-domed Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, built in 1914. From the steps of the Basilica there are beautiful panoramic views of Paris.

Montmartre

Last century there was a period called the belle époque when many artists had studios in Montmartre, including Dalí, Modigliani, Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso and Vincent van Gogh. Montmartre remains an an active center of the arts and also of nightlife, with many clubs and at the base of the hill, the infamous but charming Moulin Rouge...

Moulin Rouge

The easiest way to get around in Paris: the Metro ....

Paris Metro

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