"I think Paris smells not just sweet but melancholy and curious, sometimes sad but always enticing and seductive. She's a city for the all senses, for artists and writers and musicians and dreamers, for fantasies, for long walks and wine and lovers and, yes, for mysteries." M. J. Rose

1. Paris was founded in the 3rd century BC and was previously called Lutetia.

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2. There are in total 1,803 monuments and 173 museums in Paris.

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3.There are also 450 parks and gardens in the city, spread out across more than 1,200 acres.

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4. Believe it or not, the monument that is visited the most in Paris is the Notre-Dame cathedral with more than 14 million visitors.

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5. Paris is #1 in the world when it comes to the number of libraries; it has 830 of them in total.

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6. The longest street in Paris is the rue Vaugirard in the 15th arrondissement. It is 4,360 meters long.

7. With 302 stations, the Paris Métro is the 4th largest public transport system in the world.

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8.There are dozens of pianos in the train stations of Paris. Initiated by the SNCF, the project "Play me I'm yours", is in numerous cities across the entire world.

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9.The main bell of the Notre Dame Cathedral is named Emmanuel and weighs over 13 tonnes.

10.Visitors to the Eiffel Tower have to climb 1,665 steps to reach the top – unless they take the elevator! There are a mere 270 steps to reach the Basilica of the Sacré Cœur.

11.Paris is divided into 20 arrondissements

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12.The Louvre museum is the world’s most popular museum, welcoming around 9 millions visitors every year. Its popularity is partly due to its eclecticism and its great variety of pieces of art. The museum lists a total of 460,000 pieces, but “only” 35,000 are shown to the public. It is the biggest collection on the planet. If you wanted to see every artwork, for just 30 seconds each, it would take you 35 days.

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