Paris is the capital of France and the country's largest city. It is situated on the river Seine, in northern France, at the heart of the Île-de-France region (also known as the "Paris Region"; French: Région parisienne). The city of Paris, within its limits largely unchanged since 1860, has an estimated population of 2,167,994 (January 2006), but the Paris aire urbaine (or metropolitan area) has a population of nearly 13 million, and is one of the most populated metropolitan areas in Europe.

Paris from the 11th century was a popular destination for traders, students and religious pilgrimages, but its 'tourist industry' began on a large scale only with the 19th-century appearance of rail travel, namely from the state's organisation of France's rail network, with Paris at its centre, from 1848. Among Paris' first mass attractions drawing international interest were the above-mentioned Expositions Universelles that were the origin of Paris' many monuments, namely the Eiffel Tower from 1889. These, in addition to the capital's Second Empire embellishments, did much to make the city itself the attraction it is today.

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HOTEL PERSHING HALL

8th Arrondissement, Champs Elysées

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HOTEL DES CHAMPS-ELYSÉES

8th Arrondissement, Champs Elysées

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8th Arrondissement, Champs Elysées

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LEGEND HOTEL BY ELEGANCIA

6th Arrondissement, Saint Germain des Près

Entering the hotel, guests will feel a new world warm them with a mysterious and mesmerizing allure. The beautiful lights that have made Paris famous...

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8th Arrondissement, Champs Elysées

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