The historical facts about tourist attractions in Paris would seem enchanting to foreign visitors. The City of Lights is rife with history and so are its monumental touristy places. From landmark sites to minute details, such as ornate carvings on a wall, everything in the capital city of France has a story to tell.
If you consider a world-famous monument like the Eiffel Tower, for instance, over hundred artists proposed plans for its construction that marked the occasion of the world fair held in Champ de Mars in 1889. It was for that year’s Exposition Universelle that the Eiffel Tower came into existence. While the construction company of Gustave Eiffel was chosen to construct the Eiffel Tower, it was a structural engineer named Maurice Koechlin who conceived the drawing of the monument. Its construction began in 1887 and got completed in the same year Paris commemorated hundred years of the French Revolution in Champ de Mars.
A surprising fact about the picture-postcard monument is that the Eiffel Tower was built specifically for Exposition Universelle of 1889. The officials of the French capital had planned to demolish it in early 1900’s but decided not to due to some disagreements. Even the Nazi ruler, Adolf Hitler, ordered to destruct the Eiffel Tower once, but it never got carried out.
When on Paris walking tours, you would hear more fascinating tales about the French monuments from the tour guide that assists you through cobblestone streets. The 20 districts or arrondissements start in the midst of Paris and extend in a spiraling fashion through the nooks and corners of the city. Only a handful of 14th Century timber houses remain to this day along the Rue Francois Miron street in the Le Marais district. Le Marais was a swampy area earlier, and got developed during the Medieval Period.
Did you know the Paris Metro system was launched in 1900? Each of the metro stops in the capital city has a theme that traces its history. The architectural style or names of such subway train stops would attract you to know more about how such areas came into existence. Consider the name Louise Michel, and depending on your knowledge about the city, it may occur to you as a late 19th Century Parisian anarchist or a metro stop in Paris.
Take a trip to Musée des Arts et Métiers, which is one of the more architecturally stunning museums, and it is sure to take you back in time.