Paris has many opera houses which are heavily attended year-round. The most famous ones are Opéra National de Paris (built in 1669), the Paris Opera Ballet, and the Palais Garnier. Classical music overall is popular among Parisians. However, so are modern popular genres, including hip hop and pop. Famous French rappers from there include Rim'K, Lomepal, and Rockin' Squat. As for pop singers, they’ve got Françoise Hardy and Jean-Jacques Goldman.
World-famous actress Brigitte Bardot was also born in Paris. She put out a number of albums as well. Édith Piaf is one of the most famous French singers of all time, she also hails from the capital. She helped re-popularize the classic French music genre known as chanson with her songs.
Paris still has many active jazz clubs. The biggest music festivals in the city are Lollapalooza Paris, which usually takes place in the middle of summer every year, as well as the Garorock Festival and the Download Festival Paris.
Paris is famous for its museums. The Louvre stands out among them all, with such pieces as the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo being constantly on exhibition there. Spanish painter Pablo Picasso and French sculptor Auguste Rodin have their own dedicated museums in the city. Other famous Parisian museums are the Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie.
The cabaret Moulin Rouge is famous around the world, with very unique entertainment. Disney World Paris is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Europe. However, when someone thinks of Paris, they most likely associate the city with two buildings. The Eiffel Tower was built for the 1889 World’s Fair. The cathedral Notre-Dame completed construction in 1365. Sadly, it suffered a major fire in 2019, renovation works are still ongoing.
The Paris area was first settled back in 259 BC, by the Celtic tribe Parisii, hence the name. The Roman Empire conquered the land in the 1st Century BC. during which time it was known as “Lutetia”. It was renamed Paris and was made the capital of the French Kingdom in 987 AD. Today, Paris is one of the world’s most famous cities. It has 2.160 million residents and is the capital of the French Fifth Republic.