5 Little-Known Facts About Paris

By Peter C

Paris is a city that captivates and enchants visitors from all over the world. It’s a city of romance, culture, history, and charm. However, there are some lesser-known facts about Paris that even frequent visitors may not know about.

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1. Road Signs in Paris

First, there is only one ‘Stop’ sign in the entire city. However, Parisians are not crazy drivers as traffic in the city is controlled by traffic lights or the “Priorité à droite” rule, where cars on the right have the right of way.

2. The Paris Metro

Paris’s metro system is extensive, with several ghost stations closed during World War II; two stations were built but never opened, while others were opened and then closed. However, La Porte de Lilas, one of the stations, has a unique feature, it’s used as a film set for movies, and it’s likely you’ve seen it in movies.

3. The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower, Paris’ most renowned landmark, was constructed in 1889 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution, making it a fascinating fact. The tower was constructed for the Exposition Universelle, which marked the fall of La Bastille, a significant event in the French Revolution.

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4. Monuments and Museums

Paris is a city of monuments and museums, boasting 1803 monuments and 173 museums. While the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and Notre Dame are among the most famous landmarks, there are over 2000 other monuments to explore for art and history enthusiasts.

5. Filming in Paris

Interestingly, shooting movies and series in Paris is free, which explains why the city is a popular location for movie production. There is only a minimal charge for filming in public gardens or museums, and no other costs are involved.