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The map of Paris, with its famous snail-like spiral of its 20 districts (arrondissements), used to have a very different layout. The city’s first arrondissements were established during the French Revolution in 1795, encompassing about half of Paris’s current size carved up into 12 districts and 48 subdivisions. They stopped at 12 to avoid unlucky number 13. In the old system the irregularly shaped districts moved from right to left with districts 1 to 8 on the north side of the Seine and…

10 Things You Didn't Know About Paris

The map of Paris, with its famous snail-like spiral of its 20 districts (arrondissements), used to have a very different layout. The city’s first arrondissements were established during the French Revolution in 1795, encompassing about half of Paris’s current size carved up into 12 districts and 48 subdivisions. They stopped at 12 to avoid unlucky number 13. In the old system the irregularly shaped districts moved from right to left with districts 1 to 8 on the north side of the Seine and…

In the heart of Paris, on the banks of the Seine, visit the Conciergerie, the oldest remaining part of the Palais de la Cité, the royal residence of the kings of France and a prison during the French Revolution.

In the heart of Paris, on the banks of the Seine, visit the Conciergerie, the oldest remaining part of the Palais de la Cité, the royal residence of the kings of France and a prison during the French Revolution.

The map of Paris, with its famous snail-like spiral of its 20 districts (arrondissements), used to have a very different layout. The city’s first arrondissements were established during the French Revolution in 1795, encompassing about half of Paris’s current size carved up into 12 districts and 48 subdivisions. They stopped at 12 to avoid unlucky number 13. In the old system the irregularly shaped districts moved from right to left with districts 1 to 8 on the north side of the Seine and 10…

10 Things You Didn't Know About Paris

The map of Paris, with its famous snail-like spiral of its 20 districts (arrondissements), used to have a very different layout. The city’s first arrondissements were established during the French Revolution in 1795, encompassing about half of Paris’s current size carved up into 12 districts and 48 subdivisions. They stopped at 12 to avoid unlucky number 13. In the old system the irregularly shaped districts moved from right to left with districts 1 to 8 on the north side of the Seine and 10…

The Tuileries Garden (or Jardin des Tuileries en francais), located on Paris’s Right Bank is bordered by the Louvre on one side, the Orangerie and Jeu de Paume on the other (of French Revolution fame), and the impressionist Musee d’Orsay is just across the Seine River

The Tuileries Garden (or Jardin des Tuileries en francais), located on Paris’s Right Bank is bordered by the Louvre on one side, the Orangerie and Jeu de Paume on the other (of French Revolution fame), and the impressionist Musee d’Orsay is just across the Seine River

Castle Conciergerie (former royal palace) and Seine river, Paris.  The prison tower where Marie Antoinette spent her last days. Hundreds of prisoners during the French Revolution were taken from the Conciergerie to be executed on the guillotine at a number of locations around Paris.

Castle Conciergerie (former royal palace) and Seine river, Paris. The prison tower where Marie Antoinette spent her last days. Hundreds of prisoners during the French Revolution were taken from the Conciergerie to be executed on the guillotine at a number of locations around Paris.

Castle Conciergerie (former royal palace) and Seine river, Paris. The prison tower where Marie Antoinette spent her last days. Hundreds of prisoners during the French Revolution were taken from the Conciergerie to be executed on the guillotine at a number of locations around Paris.

Castle Conciergerie (former royal palace) and Seine river, Paris. The prison tower where Marie Antoinette spent her last days. Hundreds of prisoners during the French Revolution were taken from the Conciergerie to be executed on the guillotine at a number of locations around Paris.

Castle Conciergerie (former royal palace) and Seine river, Paris.  The prison tower where Marie Antoinette spent her last days. Hundreds of prisoners during the French Revolution were taken from the Conciergerie to be executed on the guillotine at a number of locations around Paris.

Castle Conciergerie (former royal palace) and Seine river, Paris. The prison tower where Marie Antoinette spent her last days. Hundreds of prisoners during the French Revolution were taken from the Conciergerie to be executed on the guillotine at a number of locations around Paris.

The map of Paris, with its famous snail-like spiral of its 20 districts (arrondissements), used to have a very different layout. The city’s first arrondissements were established during the French Revolution in 1795, encompassing about half of Paris’s current size carved up into 12 districts and 48 subdivisions. They stopped at 12 to avoid unlucky number 13. In the old system the irregularly shaped districts moved from right to left with districts 1 to 8 on the north side of the Seine and 10…

10 Things You Didn't Know About Paris

The map of Paris, with its famous snail-like spiral of its 20 districts (arrondissements), used to have a very different layout. The city’s first arrondissements were established during the French Revolution in 1795, encompassing about half of Paris’s current size carved up into 12 districts and 48 subdivisions. They stopped at 12 to avoid unlucky number 13. In the old system the irregularly shaped districts moved from right to left with districts 1 to 8 on the north side of the Seine and 10…

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