Did you know that there is a Statue of Liberty in Paris, too? Or that the Eiffel Tower was meant to be just a temmporary structure? Here is a list of surprising facts about The City of Lights that you won’t find anywhere else.
Discovering the little known facts about a new city you are visiting is always a magical thing. Travel operators are always happy to give some valuable tips, but there is something about the place that you won’t find even in the average guidebook. Paris is well known for its cuisine and famous monuments – and nightlife, too – but there are also some little know facts about it that will literally blow your mind. This is an astonishing fact, having in mind that Paris is one of the most visited cities on the planet.
Get ready, some knowledge is about to drop, this is your chance to be the nerd of the night at your friend’s party!
1. Paris has its own Statue of Liberty (La Liberté éclairant le monde)
The original Statue of Liberty in New York, designed by a French sculptor, was built by Gustave Eiffel and given to the United States from the people of France in 1886, to honor American independence. There is a smaller version of the statue in Paris, located on the Pont de Grenelle, which was raised in 1889. The statue is said to be facing the American counterpart and it is a symbol of the friendship between the two countries.