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8 things you might not know about the Eiffel Tower

Built for the Universal Exposition of 1889, the Eiffel Tower has become the emblem of the capital and the third most visited monument with paid access in France. However, while we think we know it, it has a few surprises in store.

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Fountain of the Four-Parts-of-the-World

The Jardin des Grands Explorateurs creates a perspective towards the Luxembourg Palace. At its entrance is one of the most beautiful fountains in Paris, the fountain of the four parts of the world. If we examine it closely, we can see that the sculptor Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux hid a message about slavery in it.

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The royal squares

The royal squares are a creation of the 17th century. To gauge how new this is, just look for what might look like a square on this map of Paris that dates back to...

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Saint-Eugène Sainte-Cécile

The exterior of this church is quite simple, almost banal, but it is only an envelope of stones. The whole structure of the church is metallic, and it appears completely inside.

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The covered passages

More than 50 covered passages were built in Paris, mostly between 1820 and 1848. It is a Parisian invention that the whole of Europe then adopted. Today, around 20 are still open and still...

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Paris and its 4 triumphal arches

The triumphal arch on the Place de l’Etoile, at the top of the Champs-Elysées, is world famous. But this monument from the Antiquity (the Romans having planted some everywhere) is in fact much more...