Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Avenue des Champs-Élysées
The Arc de Triomphe
Palace of Versalles
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart
The Palais Garnier
The city of Paris, within its administrative limits (the 20 arrondissements) largely unchanged since 1860, has a population of about 2,300,000. Its metropolitan area is one of largest population centres in Europe, with more than 12 million inhabitants.
An important settlement for more than two millennia, Paris had become, by the 12th century, one of Europe's foremost centres of learning and the arts and the largest city in the Western world until the 18th century.
Paris is today one of the world's leading business and cultural centres, hosting many international organizations, and its influences in politics, education, entertainment, media, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world's major global cities.
Considered as green and highly liveable, the city and its region are the world's first tourism destination, housing 3,800 historical monuments and four UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
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