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PARIS: ATTRACTIONS

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Eiffel Tower

The tallest structure in Paris, Gustave Eiffel's magnificent creation attracts more than 5.5 million visitors a year. At over 300m tall it weighs in at a whopping 10,100 tonnes. Every seven years, 50 tonnes of paint is added to the tower to stop it from rusting. Every time the paint is added in a new colour, and on the first floor of the tower, there are interactive towers that allow people to vote in a poll for which colour the tower should be painted next. Why don't you pop in and register your choice. Created between 1887 and 1889, it was originally the entrance arch for the world's fair that marked the centenery celebration of the French revolution. The tower was opened on the 6th May, 1889. It took 300 construction workers to assemble 18,038 pieces of puddled iron, taking up 2.5 million rivets. When it was constructed, most Parisians saw it as an eyesore, but nowadays it's rightly considered as one of the architectural marvels of the world.



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Louvre & The Glass Pyramid

The Louvre museum is one of the biggest and most famous museums in the whole world. Constructed as a royal palace, the central courtyard now contains a wonderful glass pyramid. The 'Castle of the Louvre' was founded here in 1190, and was constructed as a fortress to defend Paris from the Viking attacks from the west. In the 14th century, it was turned into a palace of the arts, but Francois destroyed it to build a palace. The existing part of the Louvre was constructed in 1546, as a royal palace. The Louvre is so acclaimed because it holds the rich heritage of the French people, from the time of the Capetian Kings, through the Empire and Conquests of Napoleon, right through to present day. Work inside the building includes paintings like Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, sculptures like Venus de Milo, and also exhibits including archaeology, architecture, furniture, and other relics from history.



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Notre Dame

Notre Dame de Paris translates to 'Our Lady of Paris,' and as such is dedicated to Mary, the mother of Jesus. It is a gothic cathedral found in the eastern section of la Ile de la Cite. It is still in use as a roman catholic church, but it is also a huge tourist destination inside Paris. The bell 'Emmanuel', inside the South Tower of the church weighs over 28,000 pounds. When this bell was recast in 1631, local women threw some of their jewellery into the molten metal, and as a result, when the bell rings, it gives off a unique pure F note.



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La Seine

The River Seine flows through the heart of Paris and is an important tourist attraction in its own right. While it's still one of most important commercial waterways in the whole of the country it's also an important tourist destination. The average depth of the river in Paris is about 8m. In 1910, a period of high water in January meant that the Seine River caused widespread flooding throughout the city.

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