The capital of France is full of joie de vivre, but it also has plenty of strange traditions, quirky characters and crazy stories. You might think you know the City of Light, but think again. Here are some wacky facts about Paris that we’d flurry even the locals don’t know. We have found some wacky stats behind the beauty of country.
Montmartre is usually associated with cabarets, artists, or even as the “Mountain of the Martyrs,” but the picturesque hill used to be dotted with stone quarries. Even 2,000 years ago, the Romans came here to extract stone to build their temples, a tradition that carried on over the centuries as the city developed. Some of the gypsum was also used to create the famous “plaster of Paris.” All this digging turned the hillside landscape into Swiss cheese with an abundance of underground tunnels, holes, and craters. Roads in the area occasionally sink and Monmartre’s crown jewel, Sacre-Coeur Basilica, sits on 103-foot-deep pillars to prevent it from collapsing.
An American Library in Paris:
Even though Parisians primarily speak French, the city is associated with American authors. After World War I, writers like Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and E. E. Cummings made Paris their home. However, before the Lost Generation showed up, the French capital was already home to thousands of American novels.
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Statues of Liberty:
There are also three Statues of Liberty. When cruising along the Seine on a bateau-mouche riverboat, at the tip of Ile de Cygne near the Eiffel Tower, you can spot a mini version of the Statue of Liberty—the original, designed by Italian-French artist Auguste Bartholdi. While strolling through the Luxembourg Gardens you may come across the next slightly smaller one on the west side of the park. The third replica, a small bronze copy of Bartholdi’s original maquette, can be admired in front of the Arts and Métiers museum.
The Underground Cataphille Societies:
Most shocking are the catacombs, forgotten tombs that house six million skeletons, all dumped into the tunnels during the 18th and 19th century. If these tunnels sound like something out of a fantasy novel, well, they are. There’s an underground lake beneath the Palais Garnier (an opera house) which features in Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera. However, some cataphiles are more extreme than others. In 2004, underground police officers were patrolling the tunnels when they found a tarpaulin that read, “Building site, No access.”
A common malady among certain Japanese tourists is the Paris Syndrome. Doctors around the world have noticed a trend of complaints by, specifically mid-thirty year old females from Japan visiting Paris, who arrived with such high expectations, to have their illusions shattered by reality. This shock (which the Japanese Embassy treats in all seriousness) has been dubbed Paris Syndrome and is a real psychological stress disorder with symptoms such as dizziness, sweating and anxiety.