Paris the city of lights is one of the most romantic places on Earth.
Regardless of the season, Paris is magical from summer to winter. From the picturesque cafés, the smell of history at every corner to the mysterious natives, Paris was and will always be a magical city.
We wonder how Paris has got its reputation as the “City of Lights!”
The city was an intellectual center during the Age of Enlightenment. “La Ville-Lumière” as originally called, Paris was the birthplace of the Age of Enlightenment. It was famous as a center of education and innovation throughout Europe.
Paris was also the early adopter of street lighting, thus correlates with the “City of Lights” label.
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Interesting facts about Paris:
1. City lights – Paris spares no costs when it comes to street lightning. There are over 300 illuminated historical and cultural sites in Paris including hotels, churches, statues, fountains and monuments. Also almost all of Paris’ 37 bridges are illuminated at night, creating a mesmerizing sight.
2. Eiffel Tower – The Eiffel Tower has 40 km of illuminated garlands consisting of 20,000 illuminating light bulbs which create a spectacular view.
3. Champs-Elysées – Walking through the boulevard of romance during Christmas will put you under 2.4 km of lights from the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe, including 450 decorated Christmas trees.
4. Illuminations at the Grands Magazins – The outside fall of Galeries Lafayette on the Grands Boulevards is decorated with 2,000m² of lights during Christmas season, using 250,000 light bulbs.
5. Lighting on the Paris tramway – In the south of Paris, you can travel through the lights from Boulevard des Maréchaux, seeing 4,000 luminous spectacles set off the new tramway at night.