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Paris, Banks of the Seine
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Type of site: Cultural
Date of Inscription: 1991
Location: Europe, France, Ile de France
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Description: Gazing from the River Seine at Paris, its evolution and history reveals itself: from the Louvre to the Eiffel Tower, from the Place de la Concorde to the Grand and Petit Palais. The Cathedral of Notre-Dame and the Sainte Chapelle are the tour de force of architecture, whilst Haussmann's broad squares and boulevards in late 19th- and 20th-century were the source of influence for town planning all over the world. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
  The Seine (pronounced /sɛn/ in French) is a major river of north-western France, and one of its commercial waterways. It is also a tourist attraction, particularly within the city of Paris. The Seine River was one of the original objectives of Operation Overlord in 1944. The Allies' intention was to reach the Seine by D+90 (ie 90 days after D-Day). That objective was met. An anticipated assault crossing of the river never materialized as German resistance in France crumbled by early September 1944. However, the First Canadian Army did encounter resistance immediately west of the Seine and fighting occurred in the Forêt de la Londe as Allied troops attempted to cut off the escape across the river of parts of the German 7th Army in the closing phases of the Battle of Normandy. Dredging in the 1960s mostly eliminated tidal bores on the river, known as “le mascaret.” The Banks of the Seine in Paris were added to the UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in 1991. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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