Why Paris is called the city of light. “Paris: La Ville-Lumière”

Paris was nicknamed the “City of Light” (not City of Lights) originally because it was a vast center of education and ideas during the Age of Enlightenment. In 1828, Paris began lighting the Champs-Elysées with gas lamps. It was the first city in Europe to do so, and so earned the nickname “La VilleLumière” or The City of Light.

Champs Elysees

Le Tour Eiffel

Notre Dame

La Concergerie


  • City lights – There are over 296 illuminated sites in Paris covering hotels, churches, statues, fountains and national buildings and monuments. Furthermore, 33 of Paris’ 37 bridges are illuminated at nightfall.
  • The sparkling Eiffel Tower – It takes 40 km of illuminated garlands made up of 20,000 sparkling light bulbs to light up this famous Paris landmark.
  • Champs-Elysées – The world’s most beautiful and romantic boulevard lights up during the Christmas illuminations. This is truly a sight to behold!  There are over 2.4 km of lights from the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe, including 450 decorated trees – 330 trees sparkle along the avenue and 120 trees on the pavement.

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