Paris is the capital and most populous city of France. Situated on the Seine River in the north of the country, it is in the centre of the Île-de-France region, also known as the région parisienne, “Paris Region”.Greater Paris (the city plus surrounding departments) received 22.4 million visitors in 2014, making it one of the world’s top tourist destinations. The largest numbers of foreign tourists in 2014 came from the United States, the U.K., Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain and Chin. Arrivals from the U.K, Germany, Russia and Japan dropped from 2013, while arrivals from the Near and Middle East grew by twenty percent.There were 72.1 million visitors to the city’s museums and monuments in 2013. The city’s top tourist attraction was the Notre Dame Cathedral, which welcomed 14 million visitors in 2013. The Louvre museum had more than 9.2 million visitors in 2013, making it the most visited museum in the world. The other top cultural attractions in Paris in 2013 were the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur (10.5 million visitors); the Eiffel Tower; the Centre Pompidouand Musée d’Orsay. In the Paris region, Disneyland Paris, in Marne-la-Vallée, 32 kilometres east of the centre of Paris, was the most visited tourist attraction in France, with 14.9 million visitors in 2013.
The centre of Paris contains the most visited monuments in the city, including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Louvre as well as the Sainte-Chapelle; Les Invalides, where the tomb of Napoleon is located, and the Eiffel Tower are located on the Left Bank south-west of the centre. The banks of the Seine from the Pont de Sully to the Pont d’Iéna have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991. Other landmarks are laid out east to west along the historic axis of Paris, which runs from the Louvre through the Tuileries Garden, the Luxor Column in the Place de la Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe, to the Grande Arche of La Défense. Paris is a very beautiful city and recommended to visit by many tourists around the world