9 Curious Facts about Paris

Curious Fact 1⁠⠀⁠⠀

Paris is often referred to as the ‘City of Light’ (La Ville Lumière), because of its leading role during the Age of Enlightenment. Paris was one of the first large European cities to use gas street lighting on a grand scale on its boulevards and monuments.⁠⠀

Curious Fact 2⁠⠀⁠⠀

Paris has a population of approximately 2 million but the Catacombs are home to between 6 – 7 million bodies⁠⠀

Curious Fact 3⁠⠀⁠

Paris was originally a Roman city called Lutetia⁠

Curious Fact 4

Home to La Sorbonne, the Latin Quarter has been a gathering place for intellectuals and artists for centuries.⁠⠀

Curious Fact 5

Sartre, Orwell, Hemingway, and Camus are only a few of the notable artists who called this quarter home. ⁠⠀

Curious Fact 6

There is still a guillotine hidden in the Latin Quarter. ⁠

Curious Fact 7

The Eiffel Tower was meant to be a temporary installation, intended to stand for only 20 years after being built for the 1889 World Fair

Curious Fact 8

Paris was originally a Roman City called “Lutetia.”

Curious Fact 9

It’s believed that Paris only has one stop sign in the whole city.

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