Interesting facts about France

Places to visit in France

Are you eager to learn some interesting facts about France? If you are planning that long-awaited vacation to Europe, you are probably looking for the most interesting places to visit in France. Read on to learn some quick facts about some of the most important French tourist attractions.

Interesting Facts about France: The Louvre

Of all the beautiful places to visit in France, the Louvre attracts millions of people from around the world. This building, a work of art in itself, was first built as a fortress to protect Paris from Viking raids. Later, in the 16th Century it was rebuilt and used as a royal palace. It began to function as a museum in 1793 and is currently the most famous art museum in the world housing such prominent works of art as the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. It hosts over 60 million guests per year, a number that surpasses the total population of France.

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Interesting Facts about France: The Eiffel Tower

Few places to visit in France can compare to a trip up the Eiffel Tower. This amazing metal structure weighs around 10,000 tons and is 984 feet tall. It was designed by the same man that drew the first blueprints of the Statue of Liberty. The tower was originally built for an exhibition in 1889 and most of the French people disliked it. In fact, in 1909 the government considered tearing it down and selling the parts as scrap metal. Fortunately, a telecommunications company fought to use the Eiffel Tower for its antennas and the structure was saved.

Tourists can enjoy a trip to the top of the tower where on a clear day, you can see for miles in every direction. The tower also offers guests a chance to have lunch or dinner at one of its restaurants, including Altitude 95.

Other Interesting Facts: Versailles Palace

One of the places to visit in France that few tourists take for granted is Versailles Palace. Also known as Chateau de Versailles, this extravagant building took 50 years to build and required the hard work of 36,000 people and 6,000 horses. The famous home of King Luis XIV and his wife Marie Antoinette, it has over 700 rooms, 1250 fireplaces and 2000 windows. It also has an enormous garden where tourist can behold amazing flower displays and other scenery.

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