Do You Know These 50 Fun Facts About Paris, France? Story

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Do You Know These 50 Fun Facts About Paris, France? Story

Paris is found on the Île-de-France and is the French capital city. This incredible city...

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Fact 1

Paris is one of the most-visited cities in the world

A trip to Paris is on almost everyone’s bucket list. This fact results in it...

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Fact 2

Many tourists experience Paris Syndrome

Due to the many depictions of Paris in the media, which aren’t 100% accurate, some...

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Fact 3

Paris is often called La Ville Lumière, the City of Light

This interesting fact about Paris is known to many, but only a few people know...

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Fact 4

The city was previously called Lutetia

One of the interesting historical facts about Paris is that it wasn’t always called Paris....

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Fact 5

The Eiffel Tower was very unpopular when it was built

This fascinating fact about Paris is a surprise to many. While it’s one of the...

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Fact 6

There are 1,665 steps to the top of the Eiffel Tower

To get from the esplanade to the very top of the Eiffel Tower, you'd have...

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Fact 7

It’s illegal to distribute images of the Eiffel Tower at night

Knowing this crazy fact about Paris could save you some trouble! Under French Law, art...

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Fact 8

When the Eiffel Tower needs repainting, it’s done by hand

Another of the many cool facts about Paris, France and the Eiffel Tower is that...

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Fact 9

The Eiffel Tower was almost destroyed during WWII

Just before the liberation of Paris in August 1944, Hitler ordered the destruction of the...

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Fact 10

There are over 40,000 restaurants in Paris

This fact about Paris food and dining will not be surprising to those that visit...

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Fact 11

The Bloody Mary was invented in Paris in 1921

This classic cocktail of tomato juice, vodka, Worcester sauce, lemon juice, and seasoning was created...

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Fact 12

There is a law about the exact recipe for baguettes

Want to sell baguettes in Paris? They must meet the Décret Pain put in place...

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Fact 13

Paris has an annual competition to find the city’s best baguette

Baguettes and Paris go hand in hand. Along with the previously mentioned baguette law, Paris...

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Fact 14

The city has the largest wholesale food market in the world

Along with a vast selection of restaurants, this city of haute cuisine has the largest...

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Fact 15

Notre Dame Cathedral is Paris’ most-visited landmark

Notre Dame Cathedral is the most-visited attraction in Paris. The 800-year-old world-renowned cathedral receives 12...

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Fact 16

Disneyland is Paris’ second most-visited attraction

Many assume the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, or the Arc de Triomphe would be the...

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Fact 17

Notre Dame’s largest bell is called Emmanuel

One of many super fun facts on Paris, France, is that Notre Dame’s main bell...

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Fact 18

All distances in Paris are measured from the Notre Dame

There are many little known facts about Paris, with this being just one of them....

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Fact 19

The Arc de Triomphe took 30 years to complete

The Arc de Triomphe is an incredibly famous Parisian landmark. But what many people don’t...

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Fact 20

Pont Neuf is actually the oldest bridge in Paris

Thirty-seven bridges cross the Seine at various points, and Pont Neuf is the oldest of...

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Fact 21

There are more dogs in Paris than children

Parisians love their dogs! So much so that there are more dogs than children living...

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Fact 22

Paris is home to the world's most famous cabaret

Burlesque and cabaret clubs have been a part of Paris’ history for centuries. Many are...

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Fact 23

It was illegal for Parisian women to wear pants until 2012

A Parisian fashion law imposed in 1800 stated that women couldn’t wear trousers unless they...

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Fact 24

You can visit the prison that held Marie Antoinette

The Conciergerie on Île de la Cité was built to house the French Royal Family...

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Fact 25

The first photograph of people was taken in Paris

When you visit Paris, you’ll undoubtedly take lots of pictures of yourself and fellow tourists...

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Fact 26

The Mona Lisa is the most viewed artwork in the world

This world-famous portrait of a beautiful young woman painted by Leonardo da Vinci sits in...

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Fact 27

The Louvre is the most-visited museum in the world

Housing the most-visited artwork in the world helps make the Louvre the world's most-visited museum....

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Fact 28

The public can only view a fraction of the artworks at the Louvre

Another of the many fascinating Paris art facts is that visitors to the Louvre can...

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Fact 29

Paris has been home to the world’s greatest artists

Paris is a place full of art and culture and, as such, has been home...

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Fact 30

There are millions of human remains under Paris’ streets

In the 1800s, cemeteries began overflowing to a point where bodies were becoming unburied. The...

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Fact 31

The Catacombs hold secret worlds

While many are surprised to learn of the existence of the Catacombs, what’s even more...

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Fact 32

Paris has one of the highest costs of living in the world

This key fact about Paris won’t be welcome to anyone hoping to move to the...

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Fact 33

You can see the Statue of Liberty in Paris

The Statue of Liberty in New York was given as a gift to the United...

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Fact 34

Paris has the least number of stop signs of any city

Despite many cars being driven in Paris, there are no stop signs. There was one...

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Fact 35

The French Army still uses carrier pigeons bred in Paris

Carrier (homing) pigeons have famously been used in the past, including during WWI and WWII,...

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Fact 36

There are multiple installations relating to romance around the city

The most famous of these was the Love Locks installation on Pont des Arts. Millions...

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Fact 37

Paris is home to the world’s most-visited cemetery

This is one of many Paris culture facts that are interesting to know. Père Lachaise,...

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Fact 38

A Parisian man invited strangers to dinner every week for 30 years

Although American by birth, Jim Haynes lived in Paris for over 50 years. What makes...

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Fact 39

Paris is a city of innovation that gave us many inventions

Paris has been drawing intellectuals, innovators, and creators for centuries. Due to this, several inventions...

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Fact 40

Tom Cruise wasn’t allowed to become an honorary citizen of Paris

This little known fact about Paris came about when the actor applied for honorary citizenship...

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Fact 41

The biggest celebration in the city is held on Bastille Day

While there are many events, celebrations, and festivals in Paris, the largest, without a doubt,...

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Fact 42

Paris apartments may be hiding some expensive secrets

This unique fact about Paris shows that you never know what’s hiding in this historical...

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Fact 43

The city has one of Europe’s busiest underground transport systems

Paris’ Métro underground transport system is quite famous, with Métro signs being recognizable across the...

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Fact 44

Paris has many abandoned metro stations

Along with being one of the busiest metro systems in the world, Paris is home...

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Fact 45

The city has very few skyscrapers

Unlike many North American cities, Paris has few tall buildings. This is because the government...

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Fact 46

In the summer, you can go to the beach in Central Paris

During July and August, the city puts sand onto the banks of the Seine, making...

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Fact 47

The city has over 6,000 streets

When visiting Paris, make sure you have a good map as you could very easily...

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Fact 48

Paris does not have the world's biggest French-speaking population

This random fact about Paris is unexpected and not known to many. Being the largest...

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Fact 49

The Arrondissements have names as well as numbers

Most people know about Paris’ numbered arrondissements, with many simply referring to them by their...

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Fact 50

Paris is home to one of the world’s richest football clubs

The Paris football (soccer) team, Paris Saint-Germain, is one of the top ten richest clubs...

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Conclusion

In Summary

Paris is a place packed full of culture, history, art, unique sites, and incredible cuisine....

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