Few cities captivate like Paris, the current capital city of France. Often known as the most romantic city in the world, Paris has a long history with the first settlement occurring around 250 BC or about 2,000 years ago. At the time it was known as Lutetia, a name that originated from Celtic. Lutetia means “a dwelling place in the middle of the waters.” The Celtic tribe, Parisii was the first to set up their settlement near the Seine river. This strategic location was vital due to its fertile soil and as a commercial point. It was later named Paris in 212 A.D., the name of its first inhabitants. Paris is in the north-west part of France on the river Seine. It is at the heart of the Ile-de-France region.

Paris is a busy city. According to recent estimates, it has a population of about 2,241,346 people. However, the metropolitan area has a population of approximately 10.5 million, making it the most populated urban area in the European Union. The Paris metropolitan area experiences rapid population growth as demonstrated during each population census.

Paris has rich historical landmarks. One such is the Eiffel Tower, which attracts droves of people each year. For instance, the Eiffel Tower had its 250 millionth visitor in 2010. The Eiffel Tower is a display of honor that symbolizes the French Revolution in 1789. It stands at 300 meters tall and is twice as high as the Washington Monument. The Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris is another popular tourist destination in France. This museum is found in Alma-Marceau and provides a surreal view of French culture. Also, Paris is famous for its palatial churches. For example, the Basilique du Sacré Coeur in the Montmartre district. This impressive church is an 18th-century building with interior gold mosaics and stained-glass windows. Other attractions worth seeing are the Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris, the Marche aux Puces de St-Ouen, the Cimitiere du Pere Lachaise, among others.

Paris is home to the Western European oceanic climate influenced by the sea. The average temperature during summer is between 15 and 25 degrees Celsius regulated by fresh air coming from the nearby v. In winter, the temperature is about 7 degrees Celsius with some mild sunlight. Besides, there are a few days of the year when the temperature rises above 32 degrees Celsius and may extend for some period. Consequently, some Parisians close their businesses and move southwards. Paris receives light rainfall throughout the year with an average annual rainfall of about 652 millimeters.

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