Paris is a city with a special charm, which manages to amaze with its refinement, good taste and elegance. Maybe this is one of the reasons why more and more people want to visit the capital of France. Even though Paris can be considered a holiday destination for lovers, you don’t need to be an incurable romantic to walk the streets of this city.
There is a multitude of lesser-known attractions and all sorts of curiosities that are not quite familiar to everyone:
1.The history of the name “Paris”
One thing less known to people is that the city of Paris has always been popular. This was mainly due to its size, being one of the largest cities in the world during the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. Moreover, several ideas also originated in the French capital during the Enlightenment.
In short, the name Paris derives from the Gallic tribe “Parisii”, which is also known as the first tribe to occupy this settlement. Therefore, between the 1st and 6th centuries, the city was called “Lutetia Parisiorum”, but the name was changed into “Paris” during the reign of John the Apostate.
2. The most visited tourist attraction
Can you believe that the Eiffel Tower is not the most visited tourist attraction in Paris? It was seen in 2017 by over six million tourists. However, nearly 12 million rushed to see Notre-Dame Cathedral. And it was a good idea because a massive fire destroyed, this year, much of the beautiful Catholic cathedral. The next attraction visited the most is the Sacré-Coeur, a beautiful basilica located in Montmartre, followed by the Louvre.
3. The Eiffel Tower was intended to exist for only 20 years
The famous architect, Gustave Eiffel, and his team built the tower in 2 years, completing its construction in 1889 for the Exposition Universelle. It was to serve as the entrance arch to the Universal Exposition (1889), a world fair celebrating the centenary of the French Revolution. At first, Eiffel was given permission to leave the monument alive for 20 years, but given that it offered several benefits in the field of communications, the initial plan was abandoned. Today, however, it is considered the symbol of Paris and one of the most striking pieces of architectural art in the world. Moreover, one of the Hollywood clichés is the view from a Parisian window, which always includes the Eiffel Tower.
4. Statue of Liberty
There are ten statues of liberty in France, five of them in Paris alone. So you don’t have to go to New York to see it. In fact, the monument that symbolizes American independence was a gift from the French. The sculptor’s name is Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, and Gustave Eiffel created the armor of the Statue of Liberty in the United States.
5.The myth of the “city of lights”
Many people think that the French city, the brother of “little Paris”, is also nicknamed “the city of lights” due to the beautifully lit important streets and tourist spots. In reality, the beautiful city has nothing to do with electricity. The famous name comes from the Enlightenment when the French capital was an important cultural point of art and philosophy. Many artists went there at that time to follow their dream and become famous, or at least to get in touch with other minds that thought the same way.
However, the name became more and more appropriate as the streets began to modernize and become illuminated. This added a bit of romance to the city, which is why Paris has been called the city of lovers countless times. Paris is a special city, and the language is not inferior either. Even today, French is quite popular, being spoken in almost every corner of the world.