March 28, 2016

FRANCE (Île-de-France) - Paris, Banks of the Seine (UNESCO WHS)

Founded in the 3rd century BC by a Celtic people called the Parisii, who gave the city its name, Paris was by the 12th century the largest city in the western world, a prosperous trading centre, and the home of the University of Paris, one of the first in Europe. In the 18th century, it was the centre stage for the French Revolution, and became an important centre of finance, commerce, fashion, science, and the arts, a position it still retains today. Since the 19th century, the built-up area of Paris has grown far beyond its administrative borders.

The banks of the river Seine from the Pont de Sully to the Pont d'Iéna have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991. From the Louvre to the Eiffel Tower, from the Place de la Concorde to the Grand and Petit Palais, the evolution of Paris and its history can be seen from the River Seine. The Cathedral of Notre-Dame and the Sainte Chapelle are architectural masterpieces while Haussmann's wide squares and boulevards influenced late 19th- and 20th-century town planning the world over.

The famous landmarks of the city present on the postcards of my collection are:
Louvre Museum
Notre-Dame de Paris
Bouquinistes on the banks of the Seine
Pont au Change
Pont des Arts
Pont Neuf
Hôtel des Invalides
Eiffel Tower 

Paris - Wikipedia

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