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Île-de-France: Paris and the palaces of the French kings

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The Île-de-France is the region of the capital of France, Paris, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, the territory, which extends over the alluvial plain where the Seine flows, is largely occupied by Paris and the towns of the its urban belt. The remaining non-urbanized part, almost half of the territory, is heavily exploited from an agricultural point of view, this is in fact one of the most productive agricultural areas in France.

The Paris region is made up of eight departments: Paris (Paris) (75) with the capital Paris; Seine-et-Marne (77) with capital Melun; Yvelines (78) with capital Versailles; Essonne (91) with capital Évry; Hauts-de-Seine (92) with capital Nanterre; Seine-Saint-Denis (93) with capital Bobigny; Val-de-Marne (94) with capital Créteil; Val-d’Oise (95) with capital Cergy.

The Paris area is, from an economic and commercial point of view, the richest and most important area of France.


As for tourist attractions, hosting the city of Paris, Île-de-France is very rich in artistic and cultural attractions, here is the cradle of French Gothic architecture with the cathedral of Notre-Dame of Paris, the Saint-Denis basilica, the Château de Vincennes, the Conciergerie and the Sainte-Chapelle.

Other important attractions are the great museums of the French capital and the two royal residences of Versailles and Fontainebleau. In the Parisian suburb of Marne-la-Vallée is the famous Disneyland-Paris (EuroDisney) amusement park, a major attraction for children and adults.

The Paris region is home to 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the banks of the Seine in the city of Paris, the Palace and Park of Versailles, the Palace and Park of Fontainebleau, and the medieval town of Provins.

Also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites are the sites of the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in France (Chemins de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle en France), one of which is located in Île-de-France: the church of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Boucherie in Paris, of which only the bell tower remains.

The climate of the Île-de-France.

Area: 12,011 km²
Population: 11,694,000 (2008)
Capital: Paris


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