Paris is the capital and most populous city of France. Since the 17th century, Paris is one of Europe’s major centres of finance, commerce, fashion, science, and the arts.
Paris has many important cultural institutions: the Louvre museum is the most visited in the world; its Musée d’Orsay is noted for its collection of French Impressionist art, and its Pompidou-center Musée National d’Art Moderne has the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe.
In 2017, the European Commission ranked it as the most “Culturally Vibrant City” in the EU.
The central area of the city along the Seine River is classified as a UNESCO Heritage Site and includes many notable monuments, including Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower.