Paris: A Closer Look
Paris is the capital and most populous city of France, with an area of 105 square kilometres and a population of 2,206,488. Since the 17th century, Paris has been one of Europe's major centres of finance, commerce, fashion, science, music and painting. Paris is especially known for its museums and architectural landmarks: the Louvre was the most visited art museum in the world in 2016, with 7.4 million visitors. The MusÃ©e d'Orsay and MusÃ©e de l'Orangerie are noted for their collections of French Impressionist art, and the Pompidou Centre MusÃ©e National d'Art Moderne has the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe. The historical district along the Seine in the city centre is classified as a UNESCO Heritage Site. Popular landmarks in the centre of the city include the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris and the Gothic royal chapel of Sainte-Chapelle, both on the ÃŽle de la CitÃ©; the Eiffel Tower, constructed for the Paris Universal Exposition of 1889; the Grand Palais and Petit Palais, built for the Paris Universal Exposition of 1900; the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Ã‰lysÃ©es, and the Basilica of SacrÃ©-Coeur on the hill of Montmartre. Paris received 23 million visitors in 2017, making it the world's top tourist destination. Check out this great video that shows you some of the best sights in Paris.