The City of Lights is one of the most fascinating European capitals, and not just because of its art, culture, architecture and history. Though it may be synonymous with romance, it has lots of quirky secrets that only add to its appeal.Paris has many different faces, it’s a city rich with culture, art, design, beauty and history. Whether you are standing in the line to see Mona Lisa, trying to take that perfect picture of the Eiffel Tower, searching for the yummiest croissants or just wondering trough Montmartre, Paris is a city that will capture your heart for sure.
City of lights
You’ve heard for sure people calling Paris the “City of Light”, but do you know why? There are two theories about the Paris’ nickname. First says how light in this case signify intellectuals. It is referring to the high-concentration of writers, artists and academics that have always been drawn to the city. Another theory explains how Paris was one of the first European cities to adopted street lighting and that’s why it got its nickname “City of Light”.
The Louvre is the world’s biggest art museum
The Louvre is the world’s largest art gallery and museum, it has over 38,000 pieces of art within its walls, including the most famous painting ever, Mona Lisa. In 2018, 10.8 million visitors passed through the doors of The Louvre, making it the most visited gallery on planet earth!
The Eiffel Tower is not the most visited monument in Paris
Contrary to popular belief, the Eiffel Tower is actually not the most visited monument in Paris! The Eiffel Tower is ranked fourth among the most prized monuments in Paris. The cathedral Notre-Dame ranks first, followed by the Sacré-Coeur Basilica and the Louvre Museum. Be sure to visit them all when in Paris!
The French army still use carrier pigeons
The French army is the only one in Europe that still has carrier pigeons in its ranks. They are kept at the Mont Valérien close to Paris, these pigeons can be used to carry out transmissions in case of a major catastrophe.
The Paris Syndrome
One of the weirdest facts about Paris. This condition is most frequent among Japanese visitors. The Japanese media often describes Paris as the most romantic destination in the world and place model looking people all dressed up on the streets of Paris, which gives Japanese a slightly wrong perception of Paris. So, usually when they arrive, they are super disappointed because the city can’t live up to their unrealistic expectations.
Paris is the only city in the world where starving to death is still considered an art.