History of Paris

The reason why Paris is one of the most popular cities in the world lies in its history and stunning monuments. Tourists from all around the world like to visit this beautiful city for its rich culture, food, and of course, its art and architecture. But did you know, this city of love also hides many interesting facts behind its history? So, the next time you climb the stairs of Sacre-Coeur, search out Monet’s Water Lilies at Musee de l’Orangerie or stand before the Eiffel Tower, remember these facts and make your trip even more interesting and memorable.

The stunning Statue of Liberty in the USA has at least 3 replicas in Paris. The most famous among these is on an island in the middle of the Seine. Interestingly, it looks towards its sister statue in New York.  

The famous Eiffel Tower, built for the 1889 World Fair was supposed to be a temporary installation. It was only intended to stand for about 20 years.

Auguste and Louis Lumiere, the famous French brothers, invented “The cinematographe” for the first-ever public screening of movies in December 1895

They used this machine to show 10 films of about 50 seconds each. The French army began wearing camouflage in 1915 during the first world war. It was also the first army ever to use camouflage. The word camouflage comes from a French verb “to make up for the stage”.  

A flat in Paris was left unoccupied under lock and key for about 70 years; however, the payment of rent was done every month. After the renter passed away, the flat was visited by the owner who found a Boldini painting that was worth more than $2million.

Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the most visited tourist sites in Paris. The main bell of this cathedral is called Emmanuel and weighs over 13 tonnes.

The shortest street in Paris is called Rue des Degres. It is only 5.75 meters long. Apart from this, Paris has a total of around 6,100 rues or streets. If you want to go looking for Rue de Degres, it can be found in the 2nd arrondissement.

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