Interesting facts about Paris


Posted on Nov 3, 2021      25


It is Paris that is most often called the most romantic city in the world, which the French themselves are very proud of. Despite the expansion and construction of modern buildings, it still keeps its old-fashioned look, which is probably why it is loved. What could be more romantic than a sunset over Paris from the observation deck of the Eiffel Tower? It’s what most tourists come here for, though of course the exquisite French cuisine and the famous Louvre are also hints that it would be nice to visit this city at least once in a lifetime.

Facts about Paris

  • The Paris Metro is not considered very safe, especially in the evening, after it gets dark.
  • The population of Paris is about half the population of St. Petersburg.
  • It is Paris is the most visited city in the world by tourists. Here every year comes about 25 million people.
  • This is a truly ancient city. It was founded about 2300 years ago by the Romans and Gauls, and was called “Parisia”.
  • Of all the cities in France, Paris is the most populous.
  • Paris has the oldest pet cemetery on the planet. It appeared in the late XIX century, when the authorities prohibited throwing the bodies of dead pets in the street.
  • In Paris, unlike in many European capitals, the water flows from the taps of drinking water. The excellent water purification system is the pride of the townspeople.
  • One nickname of the French capital is the “City of lights”. It got it because it was one of the first cities in the world where there was street lighting.
  • The Parisian suburbs are home to about 8 million people, while in the city itself - only a little over 2 million.
  • All of mainland Europe has right-hand traffic, including Paris. But there is a small street named after General Lemonnier, which has left-hand traffic.
  • The area of Paris is roughly equal to the area of Pyatigorsk - a little over 100 square kilometers.
  • The Eiffel Tower, the symbol of Paris, was once almost demolished at the demand of citizens, who claimed that it spoils the look of the city.

  • There is a comical bronze statue in Paris - it depicts the famous blow of Z. Zidane’s head into the chest of M. Materazzi during the last match of the World Cup in 2006.
  • In the center of Paris, on the roofs of many houses, there are beehives - about 300 in total. It is said that the capital’s insects produce more honey than their village counterparts.
  • When the Egyptian mummy of Pharaoh Ramses II was transported to Paris in 1974, the mummy was issued a passport, where you can find the mark “Activity: King (deceased).
  • Parisians adore dogs, and so it may appear with these pets in many public places, including in some restaurants.
  • In Place Charles de Gaulle in Paris, where the famous Arc de Triomphe stands, French car insurance does not apply. The reason for this is quite chaotic circular traffic on the square, and without a single traffic light.
  • The Paris Metro is the sixth largest in the world in the number of passengers carried. This is one of the oldest in Europe subway system. It is second only to London, Budapest and Glasgow.
  • In Paris, foreigners are surprised by the transparent plastic trash boxes. They do not decorate the city, but they replaced the standard trash garbage cans because of the threat of terrorist attacks.
  • Near to Paris is Europe’s only Disneyland park.
  • “Paris syndrome” is a mental disorder caused by a discrepancy between the real city and the image of the French capital created in movies and books. It occurs most often in tourists from Japan, because of the difference between French and Japanese cultures.
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was first discovered and studied in the Paris Pasteur Institute in the early 1980s.
  • At the beginning of the 20th century, there was a “human zoological garden” in Paris, officially called the “Exposition Colonials” - “Exhibition of Achievements of Colonialism”. In this garden the French settled people brought from their colonies, from Madagascar, India, Vietnam, Sudan, Congo, Tunisia and Morocco. The garden was visited by millions of people, meanwhile the “living exhibits” from warmer lands suffered from cold and humiliation. Today the former garden is legally recognized as the national disgrace of France.
  • The famous Parisian Museum Louvre was built in 1793, and today it is in fact the most visited museum in the world - it receives over 5 million people annually. It is here that the famous Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci is kept.
  • For the first time in the world, a striptease was performed on the stage of the famous cabaret Moulin Rouge in Paris in 1983. A girl named Mona during the staged beauty contest completely threw off her clothes, and was eventually punished with a fine of 100 francs for indecent behavior.

  • Most of the most popular restaurants in the world are located precisely in Paris.
  • There is only one “STOP” sign for the entire city.
  • Visiting Paris during World War II, Hitler could never get to the top of the Eiffel Tower because the Parisians deliberately disabled the elevator. The expression “Hitler conquered France, but he couldn’t conquer the Eiffel Tower!” has since become popular.
  • Every day, about a dozen movies and TV series are filmed in the streets of Paris.
  • During World War I, the French built what they called a “fake Paris” near the capital to confuse German pilots.
  • The reference point for all road distances in France is kilometer zero, in Paris on the island of Cité, on the square in front of Notre Dame de Paris, which became famous worldwide after the publication of the novel of the same name by Victor Hugo.
  • In the Paris Metro, passengers themselves must open and close the doors in the carriages by pressing the button.
  • In Paris, so branched scheme of the subway that from any point of the city the way to the nearest station will not exceed 500 meters.

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