Story of Paris
BECOME A CITYZEN OF PARIS
Paris is the capital and most populous city of France. By the 17th century, Paris was one of Europe's major centres of finance, commerce, fashion, science, and the arts, and it retains that position still today. Around its historical heart, the small Île de la Cité, the City of Paris stretches on both sides of the Seine River, which divides it into two parts. Paris has many important cultural institutions: its Louvre museum is the most visited in the world, its Musée d'Orsay is noted for its collection of French Impressionist art, and its Pompidou-center Musée National d'Art Moderne has the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe. In 2017, the European Commission ranked it as the most "Culturally Vibrant City" in the EU.
The city of Paris has experienced several considerably different eras- from under the founding Parisii, a sub-tribe of the Celtic Senones, the first to inhabit the Paris area, to the Roman Empire, to the Medieval times under the French monarchy, to the post-French Revolutionary and Napoleonic eras. Since its earliest beginnings, Paris has been the world capital for culture. Throughout hundreds of years the city has suffered and flourished as one.
The Louvre is the world's largest museum and a historic monument in Paris, France. A central landmark of the city, it is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the city's 1st arrondissement, and containing approximately 38,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century. The Louvre is the world's third most visited museum, receiving 7.3 million visitors in 2016.
The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace, originally built as a fortress in the late 12th century under Philip II. Due to the urban expansion of the city, the fortress eventually lost its defensive function and, in 1546, was converted by Francis I into the main residence of the French Kings. In 1682, Louis XIV chose the Palace of Versailles for his household, leaving the Louvre primarily as a place to display the royal collection, including a collection of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture. During the French Revolution, the National Assembly decreed that the Louvre should be used as a museum to display the nation's masterpieces- as its been ever since.
If for anything, the city of Paris is famous for its luxurious and distinguished food with over 616 restaurants that hold at least one Michelin star, with 57 of which being brand-new entries christened this year. If not for the tasteful food, the city is known for its classic chic and art, from its dozens of museums to its world renowned one-off art pieces such as the Thinker, first commissioned in 1880.
After some of the world's most acclaimed culture sites, you might want to wander the beautiful and old streets of Paris, namely the "Marais", a historic district in the city, hosting many outstanding buildings of historic and architectural importance.