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What is Paris France Known for / Famous for?

Paris, France is one of the world’s best-known cities.

The French capital has captivated the hearts of millions of travelers and the Parisian people for over a millennium.

Paris is one of the European Union’s most important cities for a variety of reasons. The largest city in France is an economic center for the entire continent, contributing to commerce, business enterprises, fashion, beauty, automotive, banking, weapons manufacturing, and telecommunication.

Paris has long had a reputation for being one of the world’s most modern cities and freedoms for the people.

So what else are the best-known things about Paris, France?

Yes, we know that everyone in the world knows of the Eiffel Tower and what city it is in. The Eiffel Tower has become a symbol of Paris and France itself.

The Eiffel Tower was built for the 1889 World’s Fair. The tower was supposed to be erected for only 20 years, however, the city officials saved the tower from being torn down in 1909.

The Eiffel Tower is one of the world’s most visited national monuments.

Check out some fun facts about Paris’ most famous icon!


LOUVRE

The Louvre is the world’s largest and most visited art museum. The Louvre welcomes almost 10 million visitors a year.

No mention of the Louvre would complete without the world’s most famous painting, the Mona Lisa. The Mona Lisa is a major draw to the museum, but once you step inside you realize how much more there is to it than just a single (small) painting.

The building that we all now know as the amazing art museum of the Louvre was originally the home to the French Royalty. After King Louis XIV moved the royal palace to Versailles, the newly vacant palace became home to a number of art academies.

The Louvre covers an area of  652,300 square feet (60,600 square meters). The museum is so large that it would take you the better part of a year to see all 35,000 art pieces and that covers just the items on display.

The Louvre is considered a must-visit while in Paris and I can vouch that it truly is remarkable.

Check out their website!

CATHÉDRALE NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS

The Notre-Dame Cathedral is one of the most famous churches globally. Notre Dame is one of Paris’s most well-known sites alongside the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre museum, not to mention hundreds more.

The Cathedral sits along the banks of the Seine River and has drawn worshippers for hundreds of years.

Notre Dame Cathedral’s construction started in 1163 and ended in 1345. It took 180 years to compete, its finished date is still more than 150 years before Europeans discovered the new world.

THE PALACE OF VERSAILLES

Well technically not in Paris, but it’s in the city’s sphere. The palace is one of the country’s most visited sites.

The Palace of Versailles was the home of the French Royalty for over 100 years and is now a museum.

The Palace has been one of France’s UNESCO world heritage sites for more than 30 years. 

SEINE RIVER

The Seine River plays a major role in northern France and Paris itself.  The Seine is one of two rivers that supply Paris with most of its drinking water. The water is not considered portable and has to undergo a water purification process.

However, the Seine is so much more than a water source to Paris. It helps power industry, cool powerplants, and water crops as well as being part of a UNESCO world heritage site.

The Seine is part of the Paris experience, with images of couples walking along its banks.

The Seine River is a place in Paris where locals meet and relax on hot summer days,  exercise or go to just people watch.

The river connects some of Paris’s most iconic monuments from the Eiffel Tower, Norte Dame, the Louvre, and city hall.

FAMOUS MONUMENTS

Paris is full of things to see around every corner of the city.

Paris is known for more than just the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Museum.

Here is a list of sights that Pairs is known for and are worth the visit if you happen to find yourself in the streets of Paris.

PONT NEUF

The oldest bridge in Paris. Many people find it funny that the name for oldest bridge in Paris, Pont Neuf, translates to the new bridge. Kind of an oxymoron. 

BASILICA OF THE SACRED HEART

Besides Notre Dame Cathedral the Basilica of the Sacred Heart is one of Paris’s most visited churches.

Basilica of the Sacred Heart is more commonly known as the Sacré-Cœur Basilica.

The church is the largest in Paris.

PANTHÉON

Yes, Paris has its own Pantheon, it was originally built as a church but both the king and architect of the building had died before it was finished construction.

Today it serves as a civic building.

JARDIN DU LUXEMBOURG

One of the most beautiful gardens and green spaces in the whole of Paris.

CHAMPS-ÉLYSÉES

Known as one of the best shopping streets in Paris. The street is where you can find one of Paris’s most visited sites the Arc de Triomphe.

ARC DE TRIOMPHE

The Arc de Triomphe is one of Paris’s most visited and well-known monuments. The Arc de Triomphe honors those who fought and died for France during the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars.

BASILIQUE DE ST-DENIS

The final resting place of two of the most famous french royals; Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

PALAIS GARNIER – OPERA HOUSE 

Paris’ most famous opera house. Built by Napoleon III in 1861-1875. The opera house holds around 2,000 people and is still in use today.

 

CITY OF LOVE

Paris is well known for being the city of love with beauty and charm seemingly bursting out of the seams.

The city has long been a top destination for newlyweds and hopeless romantics. The natural charm of the city has been a little exaggerated by Hollywood’s portrayal of the city.

The city of love does have a lot of love to share with the world. Paris is one of the most visited cities and the French language is called the Language of Love, helping to cement the idea that Paris is and will continue to be a city where lovers of love will keep flocking to.

See why it is called the city of love!

ROMANCE

Being the city of love Paris is also one of the most romantic cities in the world. Everything about the French capital is romantic, the food, the architecture, monuments, the beauty of the city and the language all create emotions of love and an atmosphere of romance.

The city now continues to play on these emotions that we have all been told to have about the city of love.

ART

Art has long been a major part of Paris. The city has been attracting artists from around the world for hundreds of years, all leaving their mark on the city.

The city of love is also the city of art.

Paris has some of the world’s most sought-after art pieces.

  • Mona Lisa
  • The Thinker Statue
  • Pont du Carrousel du Louvre
  • Winged Victory of Samothrace 
  • The Coronation of Napoleon
  • Poppy Field

 

There is so much incredible art throughout the city. The city itself can be considered as an art piece itself.

In Paris, you can find artwork done by the world’s most famous artists which are only found in the city.

MONA LISA

Paris is the home of one of the worlds most famous paintings, if not the most famous painting in the world; the Mona Lisa.

Created in 1503 by famed Italian painter Leonardo da Vinci. The Mona Lisa is housed in the Louvre museum since

FRENCH FOOD

Of course, no mention of Paris would ever be complete without the honorable mention of French food.

France and Paris have shaped the culinary world for the last few hundred years and have reached all corners of the globe.

French cuisine has come from humble beginnings, taking and learning from its neighbors like Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, and Spain to develop its own unique style of food that is now known internationally for being high class and a luxurious style of cooking.

France has given us so many different dishes that we have all fallen in love with.

Some notable French foods that the world has fallen in love with.

  • French Macarons
  • Baguettes
  • Eclairs
  • French cheeses
  • Steak Frites
  • Duck confit
  • Escargots
  • Onion soup
  • Jambon-Beurre
  • Parties

France and Paris have given us so many awesome foods that we will continue to consume.

CULTURE

Paris is well known for its culture of wine, food, cafes, and civil liberties. The city has had an influence on France and abroad.

Paris is one of the world’s main cultural hubs giving the world new fashion, foods, world policies, and being a leader on the world stage.

WINE

One can not think of France and Paris without images of wine. Wine has become an integral part of French culture.

Wine in France has been produced since the 6th century. Creating a long love affair with the nectar of the gods.

Wine has become such a major part of French society that they have a number of laws around the stuff like picking grapes out of season is against the law in France.

France is among the world’s top exporters of wine-producing around 7-8 billion bottles a year.

One of the most popular things to do while visiting France is to swing by a vineyard and enjoy a day of sampling some of the best wines in the world.

CAFES

Cafes are a major part of French culture as a whole, but nowhere is that more apparent than in Paris. Paris has given us the style of cafe that we have all become a custom to.

Starbucks needs to thank Paris for its cafes and how they have shaped the world as a place to relax and get your favorite cup of caffeinated beverage.

SMOKING

If you have been to Paris you will probably notice all the smokers. Pairs has been trying to cut back on the number of smokers by implementing new laws around where you can light up. This might be hard because 32% of the French population are regular smokers. The very word cigarette is a French word showing how much they have influenced the world of smoking. Cigarette means little cigar.

ARCHITECTURE

Paris has world-renowned architecture. The city’s builds are amazing to look at, even the regular homes are something special. Each home and house has a distinct flavor that can only be found in Paris.

METRO STATIONS

The Parisian metro stops themselves are something to behold while in Paris. Each one has its own characteristics and lets you know that you are in Paris.

Paris has the second busiest metro in all of Europe behind London. The city has about 4.16 million daily riders or over a billion each year making it one of the world’s most busy metros.

THE CITY OF LIGHTS

Paris got the name of the city of lights early, as it was one of the first large European cities to have gas-powered street lights. The lights illuminated many of Paris’s most famous monuments and some of its boulevards.

SNOBBISH & RUDE

This one is a terrible generalization, but the Parisians have gotten a bad reputation around the world for being snobbish and rude to people who are not from Paris. This even includes people from France.

Parisians have been known to treat tourists with not the best respect and that at times seems to almost belittle the visitor.

The service industry’s staff has gotten this reputation more than any other industry.

This unfortunately is not true. Of course, there are snobs, jerks, rude, mean people in every country.

FASHION

Paris has been at the center of the fashion industry for more than a hundred years. Starting in the 19th century Paris has been at the forefront of the fashion industry with major corporations.

  • Vogue
  • Chanel
  • Dior
  • Louis Vuitton 

Paris continues to play a huge role in the fashion world. Every year major fashion brands ascend on the city for Paris fashion week, an event held annually.

Parisians have long been leaders in fashion for a variety of reasons, one of the biggest reasons is because the women demanded change and became innovators.

FRENCH

Paris may be known for the Eiffel Tower, but there is something even more Parisian; French. The French language is all that is Paris.

Paris and France have spread around the world and the French influence can be felt on every continent. Paris is a huge center for French influence and the French language is the main language used in daily life.

Paris is the second-largest French-speaking city in the world.

Check out what the most populated French-speaking cities in the world are here!

ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CITIES IN THE WORLD

Paris is considered one of the most picturesque and beautiful cities in the world.

The city of lights is full of amazing architecture, monuments, delicious food, French itself, and works of art so valuable that they are truly priceless. All of these make Paris beautiful and one of the most unique cities in the world and it is no wonder why it is on so many people’s bucket list.

As Audrey Hepburn would say.
“Paris est toujours une bonne idée. Paris is always a good idea”

NIGHTLIFE

The French capital is one of the best cities in Europe for nightlife. The city’s international reputation draws major acts to the streets of Paris both domestically and internationally.

The city doesn’t have the all-night party sense that is found in other European cities but the French capital has something for everyone looking for a good time.

The city has over 40,000 restaurants.  The number of restaurants makes it a good place to start the night.

Paris is full of awesome bars, nightclubs, and cafes to grab a drink and get the night going.

RED LIGHT DISTRICT

Paris has one of the largest red-light districts in all of Europe and one of the most famous.

Prostitution is still illegal in France and travelers taking part in it can be punished if found engaging with sex works.

MOULIN ROUGE

One of the city most visited and talked about nighttime activities is the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret. This famous cabaret show has been entertaining clientele for more than 100 years and is rated as one of the city’s best shows for people looking for something a little bit more exciting than old churches and museums.

DISNEYLAND PARIS

Yes, Paris is well known for its Disneyland. This is Disney’s only theme park in Europe and also one of the most visited theme parks on the continent.

Europeans have to either visit Disneyland in Paris or travel thousands of miles to visit another one either in the USA or in Asia to meet their favorite Disney characters.

FAMOUS TOMBS

Paris is well known for some of its cemeteries. Paris is the final resting place of some of the world’s most famous people. Paris has long attracted many of the worlds most well known people and would make sense that a few of them ended up dying in Paris. Making Paris cemeteries  some of the most visited around the world.

Say your peace to some of the most influential people of the world for their time.

  • Jim Morrison of the Doors
  • Oscar Wilde
  • Edith Piaf
  •  Frédéric Chopin
  •  Theodore Géricault 
  • Sir Richard Wallace

The cemeteries in Paris are worth a visit to see some beautiful resting places.

CATACOMBS

The Catacombs of Paris are world-famous. Thousands of skeletons all stacked on top of each other.  The catacombs of Paris are full of Parisian and French history.

The catacombs have been known to cause claustrophobia for some, with a super low ceiling and did we mention all of the bones of all the body buried there.

Pro tip: Buy your tickets ahead to beat the insane lines that can occur.

HISTORY

Paris has been well known throughout history. The city has been fought over in wars, it produced some of the world’s great monuments, and houses some of the world’s greatest works of art.  Paris and France have shaped the world we live in today stretching around the world in territory, language, culture, and influence.

Paris has been at the heart of history and continues to be.

OWN STATUE OF LIBERTY

Paris, like New York, also has a Statue of Liberty. Both cities share this great lady that welcomes visitors. 

The statue of Liberty in New York was a gift from France.

HATRED OF ENGLAND

This one is now more of a faded memory. But France and England’s history go back over a millenia. They did have a very long waring period. The 100 years war is just a bleep in both of these countries’ history.

They do not hate each other today as much as they once did in history.  The two countries have since created a strong international relationship, just look at the English channel tunnel project which saw both countries work together.

THE FRENCH REVOLUTION

Paris was at the heart of the French Revolution which took the country by storm and opened the door for what would become modern democracy.

The French Revolution laid the ground work for what we now all refer to as the West.

The revolution lasted 10 years and during that time France experienced one of its darkest times, that of The Reign of Terror, where thousands of french men, women, and even children lost their lives to the famous French guillotine.

CINEMA

Hollywood needs to thank Paris for being the birthplace of cinema. The first film was shown in Paris in 1895.

In the early days of film, Paris was the center of the newly emerging industry. Setting the groundwork for what is now part of our everyday lives.

MUSEUMS

Paris is full of amazing sites but one of the best ways to spend your days in Paris is to cuirse through one of the city’s 130 different museums. The most well known and famous of all is of course the Louvre Museum. The city is also home to many other top museums that are all worth a visit.

Here are a couple to check out:

  • Musee d’Orsay
  • Musee Rodin
  • Centre Pompidou
  • Grand Palais
  • Musee de l’Orangerie
  • Quai Branly

WALKABLE

Paris is one of the most walkable cities in the world. Yes, it will still take you hours to get from A to B but it is hours well spent.

Make sure you join a free walking tour to take it all in or just wander down the banks of the Seine River and you will stumble upon something note-worthy.

Get lost, its Paris.