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Built on the ruins of the Roman city of Lutecia, Paris was officially founded in 360 AD as a fortress on an Island on the Sienne River. Later was the fortress connected by wooden bridges to the mainland on both sides. The city began to flourish in the tenth century, when Paris became the capital and the most important city in France. In the year 1789, The French Revolution began. Paris was turned into a bloodbath and the king was killed. After the revolution, Napoleon Bonaparte led Paris in a surge of cultural expansion.
Many great artists and writers have come from Paris. Until this day Paris is one of the world centers of art and literature.
Now the French capital Paris is for us like a big encyclopedia where you find everything and where everything is interesting and fascinating.
And what see in Paris? The list of the sights in Paris is endless: Arc de Triomphe, Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie de la Villette, Grande Arche at Defense, Musee d’Orsay, Musee du Louvre, Musee National d’Art Moderne Centre Georges Pompidou, Musee National Picasso, Notre-Dame, Place de la Concorde with Obélisque de Luxor, Tour Eiffel (Eiffel Tower), Tour Montparnasse (Montparnasse Tower) and Basilica Sacre Coeur.
We recommend visiting world-famous Musee du Louvre, with its ghost Belfagor. The Louvre is the most famous museum of the world. To spend here one day is not enough, because museum is very rich in masterpieces: Egyptian, Greek and Roman remains, a lot of statues and pictures: Hieronymus Bosch (The Ship of fools); Botticelli (Madonna with Child) Caravaggio (Death of Mary, Portrait of A. de Vignancourt); Carracci, Durer (Self-portrait); Goya, Leonardo da Vinci and his world-famous Monna Lisa); Raphael (Saint George, Joan of Aragon, Saint Michael); Rembrandt (The pilgrims of Emmaus, Self portrait with cap, Self-portrait as an old man, Betsabea bathing); Tiziani (Madonna and Saints, The Venus of the Pardo); Toulouse-Lautrec (Jean Avril dancing, The bed);Van Dyck (Don Francisco de Moncada on horseback, Charles I of England); Velazquez (Portrait of the infanta Maria Margherita).
Musée d'Orsay has works of art coming from Louvre and other works from the old Impressionist museum.
The Art Nouveau, Impressionism and Post-Impressionism collections are important. Among paintings and sculptures you should see: Carpeaux (The dance), Cézanne (all the still lives, Doctor Gachet's home), Claudel (L'age mur), Degas (Young 14 year old ballerina, L'Absinthe, La classe de danse, Cheveaux de courses), Delacroix (The tiger hunt), Gauguin (Breton peasant women, Women from Tahiti), Manet (Olympia, Breakfast on the meadow, Lola de Valence, Portrait of Zola), Monet (The cathedral of Rouen, The Poppies), Sisley (The Canal, Passerelle d'Argenteuil, Boats after the flood), Van Gogh (Self-portrait, Doctor P. Gauchet).
Have a nice holiday in Paris!

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