Presentation оn Paris
PRESENTATION ON PARIS
For centuries Paris has been one of the world’s most important and attractive cities. It is appreciated
for the opportunities it offers for business and commerce, for study, for culture, and for
entertainment; its gastronomy, haute couture, painting, literature, and intellectual community
especially enjoy an enviable reputation. Its sobriquet “the City of Light” (“la Ville Lumière”),
earned during the Enlightenment, remains appropriate, for Paris has retained its importance as a
centre for education and intellectual pursuits
Visiting the iconic symbol of Paris usually ranks as the number one thing to do for most
tourists. Towering more than 1,000 feet (300 meters) high in the Champ de Mars park,
this iron structure was constructed for the 1889 World Exposition. One of the world’s
most photographed tourist attractions, the Eiffel Tower presents an excellent
photography opportunity for both day and night times. Visitors can ride the elevator to
see incredible views of the city or dine in one of the two fine restaurants that are
situated within the tower.
Topping the list of the world’s most visited museums, the Louvre Museum is located in the Louvre
Palace with its signature glass pyramid marking its entrance. Housing a collection of more than 1
million objects, the Louvre boasts some of the world’s most famous art works such as Leonardo da
Vinci’s “Mona Lisa,” Michelangelo’s “Dying Slave” and the Greek statue, “Venus of Milo.” Other
popular exhibits include the extravagant apartments of Napoleon III, the ancient Code of
Hammurabi, Egyptian antiquities and paintings by masters like Rembrandt and Rubens.
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Paris, the Arc de Triomphe was constructed in 1806 to
memorialize the triumphal battles of Napoleon Bonaparte. Standing 164 feet high and 148 feet (50
by 45 meters) wide, the arch features intricate reliefs depicting victorious battles and engraved
names of many who died fighting for the emperor. Beneath the arch is the Tomb of the Unknown
Soldier from the first world war.
No trip to Paris could be complete without a visit to the world famous Notre Dame
cathedral. Standing more than 400 feet (120 meters) high with two lofty towers and a
spire, this marvelous church is considered a supreme example of French Gothic
architecture. A tour of this 13th century masterpiece allows visitors to admire the aweinspiring rose windows, Gothic carvings, beautiful sculptures and a collection of relics.
When Europeans can’t get to Los Angeles to see the original Disneyland, they head
to Disneyland Paris, the most visited theme park in Europe. Just like its
namesake, Disneyland Paris is more than just a theme park with spectacular
rides. It’s a resort with hotels, shopping and golf among its varied activities. In
1992, it became the second Disney park to open outside of the United States.
It’s located about 30 km (20 miles) from central Paris. A companion park, Walt
Disney Studios Park, opened in 2002.
The Palace of Versailles started out life as a royal hunting lodge, but later became a palace housing the
king’s court. The mammoth structure is ornate, opulent and over the top in its richness. It is one of
Paris’s most visited landmarks, with visitors coming to see its magnificent gardens and the Hall of
Mirrors with its 357 mirrors decorating 17 arches. The Palace of Versailles ceased being a royal
residence during the French Revolution and today houses a museum of French history.
In a city where romance reigns, what could be more romantic than the Pont
Alexandre III, a bridge that is deemed to be the most extravagant and ornate in
Paris. Named for the Russian tsar, this steel single arch bridge spans the Seine,
connecting the districts of Champs-Elysees, Les Invalides and Eiffel Tower.
Seeing the bridge is almost like going to an art gallery, since numerous French
sculptors made the statues, including winged horses, nymphs and cherubs that
adorn the top.