France Motto: Liberté, égalité, fraternité (Liberty, Equality, Fraternity) Capital : Paris Official languages : French Area Total : 674,843 km2Population Total : 65,350,00
France is the largest country in Western Europe and the third-largest in Europe as a whole. Itpossesses the second-largest exclusive economic zone in the world. France has been a major powerwith strong cultural, economic, military, and political influence in Europe and around the world.Francehas its main ideals expressed in the 18th-century Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen.From the 17th to the early 20th century, France built the second-largest colonial empire of the time,ruling large portions of first North America and India and then Northwest and Central Africa;Madagascar; Indochina and southeast China; and many Caribbean and Pacific Islands.France is a developed country, possessing the worlds fifth-largest and Europes second-largesteconomy by nominal GDP. It is also the worlds ninth-largest by GDP at purchasing power parity.Franceis the wealthiest nation in Europe – and the fourth-wealthiest in the world – in aggregate householdwealth. French citizens enjoy a high standard of living, high public education level, and one of theworlds longest life expectancies.France has been listed as the worlds "best overall health care"provider by the World Health Organization.It is the most-visited country in the world, receiving 79.5million foreign tourists annually.
ParisLocated in northern France, in themiddle of the Île-de-France, Paris isthe most elegant capital of the world.Paris is the most visited city in theworld, annually attracting over 45million tourists from around the world.Paris is divided into 20 districts,which are arranged in a spiral,starting from the city center. Paris isthe most populated metropolitan areain Europe, reaching over 12 millionpeople. In Paris the headquarters ofmany international organizationsincluding: UNESCO, InternationalChamber of Commerce, theInternational Organization forEconomic Cooperation andDevelopment.
Louvre Museum ("Musée du Louvre") in Paris is one of the largestmuseums in the world, the most visited artmuseum in the world and an important historicalmonument. Located in central Paris, in a historicbuilding, a former royal palace (Louvre Palace),the Louvre Museum attracts over 8 million touristsannually. The most famous pieces from theLouvre Museum are housed: Mona Lisa (LaGioconda) by Leonardo da Vinci, Venus de Milo,the Code of Hammurabi and "Liberty leading thePeople" by Eugène Delacroix. Main access point isthe famous pyramid in the Louvre museum - ahuge modern glass and metal pyramid, built in themiddle of the main court (Court Napoleon) andsurrounded by three smaller pyramids - Pyramidwhich has become a symbol of Paris.
Notre-DameNotre-Dame de Rouen Notre began in 1200, wasrebuilt after a fire, for this process to berepeated a little later in the XV and XVIcenturies. Today, Notre-Dame is a landmarkchecked the map. It is a Roman Catholiccathedral, built in Gothic style and situated inthe eastern half of the islands natural "Ile de laCite" on the Seine, in the 4th arrondissement ofParis. A look at the west entrance and you willbe overwhelmed by the sight of the two towers.A sculpture by Richard the Lionheart in 1199,the tower on the left, is a reminder of thehistory of how close they were England andFrance in the Middle Ages. Facade may lookfamiliar, even if you have not been there sinceClaude Monet used a series of 28 paintings toshow the different effects of light at differenttimes of the day.
Castle of VersaillesVersailles is one of the largest and mostopulent castles in the world. With over2,100 windows, 1,250 fireplaces, and 67staircases, Versailles castle is one of themost visited tourist attractions in France.Is a perfect example of French art of the18th century, this historic building is onthe UNESCO World Heritage list for morethan 30 years.Castle was the officialresidence until 1789, and has since beenregarded as an unofficial residence. Knownas the "Cradle of Liberty" was Versaillesand Paris where the population hasexpressed dissatisfaction with King Louisthe 14th century, forcing the royal familyto leave behind her life of decadence andmove in real capital France, Paris.
Montmartre Officially designated a historic district Monmartre is one of the most colorful neighborhoods in Paris so not surprising that this area is extremely popular among tourists.As the historic, very little modernization and developmentprojects are allowed in Montmartre so fortunately hasretained much of the charm and character of the village.A simple walk around the neighborhood can be reachedbut if you want to enjoy a cultural visit, you can go toMontmartre Museum, where the artist Maurice Utrillolived and painted once. Behind the museum there is ahouse that was once occupied by Renoir.A simple visit to Montmartre Cemetery can be revealing interms of the large number of artists who lived here.Montmartre still has a rich nightlife and so many touristschoose to come to dinner and a show at the Moulin Rougeor one of the other nightclubs in the area.To reach the top of Montmartre hill, visitors can use thefunicular that goes up to the Sacre Coeur Basilica. Thereis a special bus called Montmartre bus station which isnear the most notable attractions in the area.Certainly foremost tourist attraction is the Basilica SacreCoeur in Montmartre which was built between 1876 and1912. White dome of the Roman Catholic basilica islocated on the highest point of the city, Montmartre hilland the church is visited by millions of tourists every yearas a symbol of Paris.
Bazilica Sacré-CœurPure Basilica Hearts", which is at the topof Montmartre hill well known, was built incontibutiile Catholics gathered in Paris, inmemory of victims of the Franco-PrussianWar 1870-1871. Construction began in1873, but only basilica was consecrated in1919. If you climb the 234 steps to thedome of the basilica you can admire abeautiful view of Paris.
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