History of Paris France - Page 2
The history of Paris dates back to the fourth millennium BC and when you are on holiday in Paris there is so much that can discover including war and military history at places like the Musee de l’Armee that also houses Napoleons Tomb, or the history of the Louvre museum that started life as fortress back in the 1600s, through to the communications at the Eiffel Tower, along with other numerous buildings, artefacts, documents and archives that can all be discovered.
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There are around 13 million people who visit the Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral every year, which means this is an average of 30,000 people every day, growing to around 50,000 pilgrims and visitors who enter the cathedral on peak days, making this is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Paris.
The Catacombes de Paris is the famous mass burial place for millions of Parisians that were relocated to old limestone quarries underneath the city of Paris towards the end of the 18th century and today have become one of the more unusual tourist attractions in Paris.
The Tour Montparnasse Tower is the tallest skyscraper in Paris and takes its name from the area where it is situated and with its fabulous panoramic views over the city of lights and other landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, it has become one of the famous tourist attractions in Paris.
Before the capital city of France was called Paris it was known as Lutece or Lutetia and was occupied by the Romans, however, it is only within the 5th Arrondissement of Paris that you will still be able to find Roman ruins.
Originally there was an equestrian statue with King Louis XIV that was on display in the centre of the square of Place Vendome, which was to edify the king and his victories, however King Louis XIV never lived long enough to see this happen.
The Place des Vosges is one of the beautiful and historic squares in Paris that dates back to the 1600s and it is one of the popular places to visit with it being home to many art galleries, gourmet restaurants and the Maison Victor Hugo.
Originally back when the area was called Lutece before it was known as the city of Paris, there were limestone around the area and then limestone quarries that were mined between the 13th and 18th century, which provided the dress stone to build new residences for the up and coming city of Paris.
The Centre Pompidou was named after the initiative of the French President Georges Pompidou, however it is often known as the Beaubourg due to the area where it is located, and this is a large unusual building that houses a multi-cultural centre and a museum of modern art.
The Pompidou Centre was designed back in 1969 by the architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, who together came up with this unique structure that incorporates some innovative designs, which meant the layout inside could be modified with ease, allowing for the optimum usage of space.
The Musee Eugene Delacroix Museum in Paris is dedicated to this 19th century painter and is housed within the apartment where Eugene Delacroix lived and worked, and as well as personal items, journals, letters etc, you can also discover works from virtually every period during the career of this French painter.
The chiming from the bells at Notre Dame Cathedral has been enhanced over the centuries due to the influence and importance of this historical building, and eventually there were eight bells in the North Tower, two Great Bells in the South Tower, seven bells in the spire and an additional three bells for the clock.
The Crown of Thorns, that is now held at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, has been the object of Christian prayer for more than sixteen centuries, and yet, even though there have been numerous studies along with historical and scientific research on this famous relic, the authenticity of it still cannot truly be certified.
Located under the square at the foot of the Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral you will be able to visit an archaeological crypt that provides a display of remains found during excavations and an overview of urban and architectural development of the historical city of Paris.
The Montmartre area of Paris was frequented by many writers and painters such Toulouse-Lautrec who all drew their inspiration from this diverse area of the city, yet was also a place known for night time pleasures with many different cafes and music halls for people to enjoy like the Moulin Rouge.
Located in the Montmartre area of Paris the Lapin Agile cabaret has been in existence for almost 150 years and this little pastel coloured house located at the corner of Rue Saint Vincent and Rue des Saules has a very rich and famous history, but is still going strong today for future generations to enjoy.
The Galerie Nationale du Jea de Paume is also known as the Musee Jeu de Paume and is located on the Northern side of the Tuileries Gardens, which links the famous Louvre Museum to the Place de la Concorde.
Known by the names of Le Lido de Paris or just simply The Lido Cabaret Show, this is probably one of the most famous venues for cabaret in Paris and was made famous by the incredible Bluebell Girls that are still a major part of the show or Revue as it is known today.
During the 19th century under the reign of Napoleon III, there was a major urban development plan put in place, and it was here on the road called Boulevard Haussmann that Edouard Andre, who was heir to a Protestant banking family, decided to buy a plot of land and have a mansion built.
This museum and its rooms, is a palace style mansion that was built at the end of the 19th century and was constructed for the banker and avid art collector Edouard Andre, later on he married Nelie Jacquemart and together they continued to expand their works of art, which filled up the rooms of their mansion.
After the Palais du Trocadero was built for the World Fair in 1878, a few years later under the initiative of Eugene Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc, he put together a collection of plaster casts that were installed into a wing of the Palais du Trocadero, and from 1882 it was called the Museum of Comparative Sculpture.
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