Paris The City Of Lights

Paris is the capital of France and the fashion capital of the world. Paris is the city of lights and the home of croissants. There is no end to the breath-taking sites you can see in Paris. From the Louvre to the little coffee shops - it's all wonderful.






History

Built on the ruins of the Roman city of Lutecia, Paris was officially founded in 360 AD as a fortress on an Island on the Sienne river. Later is was connected to the mainland on both sides by wooden bridges. The city began to flourish in the tenth century, when Paris became the capital and the most important city in France. In the year 1789, The French Revolution began. Paris was turned into a bloodbath and the king was killed. After the revolution, Napolean Bonaparte led Paris in a surge of cultural expansion. Many great artists and writers have come from Paris. Until this day Paris is one of the world centers of art and literature.

The Louvre

The Louvre is an ancient building, that was built in the year 1200. Philippe August originaly built the building as a fortress, but this section was only part of the huge building that houses The Louvre today. Today The Louvre houses an amazing museum of art, where you can see the famous "Mona Lisa" and other important art work.

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The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is probably the most famous monument in the world today. It was built by Gustave Eiffel in 1889. The tower is 317 metres high and weighs 10,100 tons. You can climb the stairs to the top of the Eiffel Tower or ride the elevator up for a breath-taking view.


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Weather

Paris has a relatively cool climate with warm summers. The heaviest rain is in August.





Map of Paris

Currency

The basic unit of currency is the French franc(written F or FF), which is divided into 100 centimes. Bills come in 500, 100, 50 and 20 franc denominations; coins come in 20, 10, 5 and 1 franc and 20, 10 and 5 centime denominations. The exchange rate at the time of publication was 4.10F to the Australian dollar, 7.80F to the British pound, 3.80F to the Canadian dollar and 5.15F to the U.S. dollar.

Newspapers in Paris

The Jewish Community In Paris

Paris is a city bursting with Jewish culture, both modern and ancient.The Jewish School system includes 20 Jewish day schools, The Mercaz Rashi, which contains the University Center for Jewish Studies, and provides courses for academics and students. The Rabbinical Seminary ordains rabbis to serve in French-speaking countries. There are many Jewish sites you can vist in Paris, including The Great Synagogue, The Museum of Jewish Art and the Cluny Museum, which houses the Strauss-Rothschild Collection, The memorial to the Unknown Jewish Martyr, and the adjacent Holocaust documentation center.

There are several Jewish Agencies in Paris:


CRIF

19 rue de Teheran

75008 Paris

Tel. 33 1 45 61 00 70, Fax. 33 1 43 59 06 11


The European Jewish Congress

78 Avenue des Champs Elysees

75008 Paris

Tel. 33 1 43 59 94 63, Fax. 33 1 42 25 45 28


Embassy

3 rue Rabelais

75008 Paris

Tel. 33 1 40 76 65 50, Fax. 33 1 40 76 55 55

Links

The Louvre

The Eiffel Tower

Disneyland France

The Jewish Community in France

Beth Lubavitch in Paris

The Paris Pages

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