The City of Light continues to inspire love and affection for all who visit. The Parisian landmarks are iconic – the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triumphe and Notre Dame Cathedral, while the museums are world class including the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay and the Rodin Museum.
To make your next visit to Paris all the more enlightening, we’ve compiled these interesting trivia facts on the French capital.
Henry VI was crowned the King of England in Westminster Abbey in 1429 and two years later had another coronation as King of France in Notre Dame Cathedral. The King would later become the central subject of three Shakespearen plays – Henry VI Part 1, 2 and 3 – as his rule signified a particularly hostile period between English/French relations and domestic English upheaval.
Beginning his rule in 1654, Louis XIV, who’s more commonly known as the Sun King, holds the title as the longest-reigning King in European history. His rule lasted 72 years and 110 days until his death in 1715 from gangrene in Versailles, the Palace he built.
It’s generally believed that The Hunchback of Notre Dame is largely a work of fiction by Victor Hugo. However, a British academic believes that a humpback stone carver who worked in the Cathedral may have lived when Hugo penned the novel. The author would most likely have known of his existence.
The Queen beheaded during the French Revolution was Marie Antoinette. Unfortunately, her Austrian nationality gained her little sympathy – she was the daughter of the iconic Austrian Empress, Maria Theresa and married Louis-Auguste, the then Dauphin in 1770. Four years later she became Queen of France when her husband assumed the throne. Prior to her death, she was held in the Conciergerie – an attraction that can be explored today.
The famous Parisian cemetery that’s the final resting place of Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde amongst others was established by Napoleon in 1804.