Peace & Quiet
Paris's Highest Monuments
Tour Eiffel: 317m Tour Montparnasse: 209m Grande Arche de la Défense: 110m Dôme des Invalides: 105m Panthéon: 83m Sacré-Coeur: 80m` Notre-Dame: 69m Arc de Triomphe: 50m Paris to...by Road
Amsterdam: 504km Berlin: 1,069km Brussels: 308km Geneva: 538km London: 343km Luxembourg: 376km Madrid: 1,310km Rome: 1,417km
Situated at the heart of northern France, some 250km from the sea, Paris lies on the banks of the meandering River Seine. The City
The city is small and compact, entirely surrounded by the boulevard périphérique, a congested 35km-long dual carriageway. Green spaces cover an area of 366ha excluding the Bois de Boulogne and Bois de Vincennes and there is one tree for every four Parisians. Greater Paris
The surrounding area, known as the banlieue, includes densely populated suburbs, dormitory towns and traditional villages scattered through the green belt, as well as several new towns. The whole region enjoys a reasonably dry climate, fairly cold in winter, hot and sunny in summer. Administration
Paris is a municipality administered by a council and a mayor like any other town in France, but it is also a département (county) headed by a préfet. Paris is divided into 20 arrondissements numbered from 1 to 20 starting from the Louvre in the historic centre. Population
The city has just over 2 million inhabitants but more than 10 million people, almost one-fifth of the French population, live in Greater Paris. The Oldest...
The oldest bridge is the pont Neuf (New Bridge!) dating from 1578. The oldest church is Saint-Germain-des-Prés, built in the 11th century. The oldest houses date from the 15th century; the Musée de Cluny is one of them. The oldest tree, planted in 1601, stands in the square Viviani, on the Left Bank opposite Notre-Dame.