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Paris Visitor information

Paris is the third most visited city in the world. Considered the most beautiful and most romantic of all the destinations, the French capital is full of cultural and historical attractions and is very influential in the fields of culture, art, fashion, gastronomy and design . Often referred to as the "City of Light", Paris has retained its magic and splendour through time.

It is said that you should visit Paris at least once in your life and then keep returning.  Paris with its major important monuments, including the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame and its institutions such as the Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay, the Pompidou center remarkably unique.

In the live show sector Paris offers countless theatres, concert halls, events and one-off shows, temporary exhibitions - a calendar which is filled throughout the year. Last but not least, Paris is known as one of the major fashion and chic capitals of the world with its shopping paradises in the department stores on Boulevard Haussmann, the shops of Saint Germain des Pres, the luxury Avenue Montaigne.

History of Paris

The earliest archaeological signs of permanent settlements in the Paris area date from around 4500–4200 BC, with some of the oldest evidence of canoe-use by hunter-gatherer peoples being uncovered in Bercy in 1991. The Parisii, a sub-tribe of the Celtic Senones, inhabited the area near the river Seine from around 250 BC, building a trading settlement on the island, later the Île de la Cité, the easiest place to cross. The Romans conquered the Paris basin around 52 BC, with a permanent settlement by the end of the same century on the Left BankSainte Geneviève Hill and the Île de la Cité. The Gallo-Roman town was originally called Lutetia, or Lutetia Parisorum but later Gallicised to Lutèce. After a period of decline and by AD 400, Lutèce, largely abandoned by its inhabitants, was little more than a garrison town entrenched into a hastily fortified central island. The city reclaimed its original appellation of "Paris" towards the end of the Roman occupation, around 360 AD.
Paris became prosperous and by the end of the 11th century, scholars, teachers and monks flocked to the city to engage in intellectual exchanges, to teach and be taught; Philippe-Auguste founded the University of Paris in 1200. The guilds gradually became more powerful and were instrumental in inciting the first revolt after the king was captured by the English in 1356. Paris' population was around 200,000 when the Black Death arrived in 1348, killing as many as 800 people a day; and 40,000 died from the plague in 1466. During the 16th and 17th centuries, plague visited the city for almost one year out of three. Paris lost its position as seat of the French realm during the occupation by the English-allied Burgundians during the Hundred Years' War, but when Charles VII of France reclaimed the city from English rule in 1436, Paris became France's capital once again in title, although the real centre of power would remain in the Loire Valley until King Francis I returned France's crown residences to Paris in 1528.
In 1590 Henri IV unsuccessfully laid siege to the city in the Siege of Paris, but, threatened with usurption from Philip II of Spain, he converted to Catholicism in 1594, and the city welcomed him as king. The Bourbons, Henri's family, spend vast amounts of money keeping the city under control, building the Ile St-Louis as well as bridges and other infrastructure. The 17th century was the "Age of Enlightenment" – Paris' reputation grew on the writings of its intellectuals such as the philosopher Voltaire, and Diderot, the first volume of his “Encyclopédie” being published in Paris in 1751.
At the end of the century, Paris was the centre stage for the French Revolution; a bad harvest in 1788 caused food prices to rocket and by the following year the sovereign debt had reached unprecedented levels. On 14 July 1789 Parisians, appalled by the King’s pressure on the new assembly formed by the Third Estate, took siege of the Bastille fortress. The Republic was declared for the first time in 1792. Following the Terror, the French Directory held control until it was overthrown in a coup d'état by Napoleon Bonaparte. Napoleon put an end to the Revolution and established French Consulate, and then later was elected by plebscite as emperor of the First French Empire.
The greatest development in Paris' history began with the Industrial Revolution creation of a network of railways that brought an unprecedented flow of migrants to the capital from the 1840s.

Reviews For Paris

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Based On 49 Reviews

I cancelled this reservation for my daughter on 7/20. Did I get a partial refund? Thanks, I'll definitely book with you when my husband and I go to Europe next summer.

(Review Of Résidence Universitaire Lanteri, Paris (students: 25 years & less))

Minor comment - reception closed on arrival Sunday afternoon at around 2.45pm which was unexpected but caused no major difficulties - minor problem in room with shower sorted on the day reported - all staff very helpful and friendly - all round an excellent stay - rail connection to central Paris very close and good - good evening meal available when needed

(Review Of Résidence Universitaire Lanteri, Paris)

Phone was not plugged in, and cleaning staff locked on of us in the room, accidentally, which meant the others had to return to let them out, there was an issue with the door. There was a spider in the room. Overall this didn’t spoil the trip

(Review Of Résidence Universitaire Lanteri, Paris)

A super. Choice for someone who likes a no fuss approach to their stay. It was so convenient for the RER rail service too. It was quiet and clean. Overall a very good choice and I would return over and over again.

(Review Of Résidence Universitaire Lanteri, Paris)

A second stay within a few months of the first. Only improvement would be the ability to make a drink in the room. When using the laundry make yourself known to the desk clerk as it can cause consternation if they don't recognise you as a guest.

(Review Of Résidence Universitaire Lanteri, Paris)

Clean sizeable friendly hard to fault in an excellent location. Quiet at night it's easy to recommend to others but that may stop you from getting a room there in the future!

(Review Of Résidence Universitaire Lanteri, Paris)

I stayed at one of their students dorm for 3 nights. It was spacious, quiet, and comfy. Staff were very informative and friendly. What I really liked was that apparently staff spoke a little bit of English (since it is located at a small town and no need to speak English for them), they tried to answer my questions. Personally it was impressive ! I will absolutely stay there again.

(Review Of Résidence Universitaire Lanteri, Paris)

I would suggest this as one of the totally worth accommodations in Paris especially for young travelers. I really enjoyed my stay. Its the best option for medium budget accommodations in Paris.

(Review Of Résidence Universitaire Lanteri, Paris (students: 25 years & less))

Had a pleasant stay. Not knowing how to use the self-service system in the restaurant was the only slight drawback (how many courses we were allowed to take, where to take our dirty dishes).

(Review Of Résidence Universitaire Lanteri, Paris)
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