Paris is the capital and largest city of France. It is located on the river Seine, in northern France, in the heart of the Île-de-France region. Approximately two million people live in Paris itself, and the Paris metro area has a population of over 12 million, making it one of Europe’s largest metropolitan areas.
Today, Paris is one of the world's leading business and cultural centers. and its influences on politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the the world's most important global cities.
With more than 40,000 international students, Paris has emerged, for the second year running, as the best city in the world for students in the QS Best Student Cities Survey 2014.
With about 42 million tourists annually in the city and its suburbs (of which 17 million are foreign visitors), Paris is the most visited city in the world. The city and its region contain 3,800 historical monuments and four UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Paris’ museums and monuments are among its most-visited attractions, with new sights emerging all the time. The city's flagship museum, the Louvre is one of the world's largest museums, the most visited art museum in the world and a historic monument. A central landmark of Paris, it is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the 1st arrondissement (district). Nearly 35,000 works of art from prehistory to the 19th century are exhibited over an area of 60,600 square meters (652,300 square feet).
The city's cathedrals are another main attraction: Notre Dame de Paris and the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur receive 12 million and eight million visitors per year, respectively. The Eiffel Tower, by far Paris' most famous monument, averages over six million visitors per year and more than 200 million since its construction. Disneyland Paris is a major tourist attraction that draws visitors not only from the Paris area but from all of Europe, with 14.5 million visitors in 2007.
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