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What was the maximum effective range of the Paris Gun?
130 km. The Paris Gun was a German long-range siege gun used to bombard Paris during World War I. The gun was capable of firing a 94 kilogram (210 lb) shell to a maximum altitude of 40 kilometers (25 miles, 131,000 ft). It was the first time for human-made object to reach stratosphere.
The French Open tennis tournament is named after aviator Roland-Garros. What did he do?
He flew across the Mediterranean Sea. Roland Garros gained fame for making the flight from Fréjus in France to Bizerte in Tunisia. The following year, Garros joined the French army at the outbreak of World War I. Garros is sometimes erroneously called the world's first fighter ace. In fact, he shot down only four aircraft; the definition of "ace" is five or more victories.
In how many coffins was Napoléon Bonaparte buried?
6. In 1840 Napoléon Bonaparte was buried under the Dôme des Invalides- large church in Paris. The sarcophagus was put up on a green granite pedestal and contains a nest of six coffins: one made of soft iron, another of mahogany, two others of lead, one of ebony and finally the last one of oak.
Who ordered the construction of Arc de Triomphe in Paris?
Napoleon Bonaparte. The Arc de Triomphe honors those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. It was commissioned in 1806 after the victory at Austerlitz by Emperor Napoleon at the peak of his fortunes.
Where was this photo taken?
In Paris. The Arc du Carrousel stands west of the Louvre, not far from the more famous Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile. It was originally surmounted by the famous horses of Saint Mark's Cathedral in Venice, which had been captured in 1798 by Napoleon. In 1815, following the Battle of Waterloo, Quadriga returned to Venice and the arc was topped with a copy.
What is the name of a well-known Paris university?
Sorbonne. The University of Paris was founded in 1158. A century later, in 1257, Robert de Sorbon founded the College de Sorbon as a meeting place for theology faculty. Over time, this name was adopted for the entire university.
When did the Siege of Paris take place?
In 9th century. The Siege of Paris of 885–886 was part of a Viking raid on the Seine, in the Kingdom of the West Franks. The siege was the most important event of the reign of Charles the Fat, and a turning point in the fortunes of the Carolingian dynasty and the history of France.
What is the first name of the designer of the Eiffel Tower?
Gustave. The Eiffel Tower is a wrought-iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Today, the Gustave Eiffel Tower is the most-visited paid monument in the world; 6.91 million people ascended it in 2015.
What is the largest public park in Paris called?
Bois de Vincennes. The park was created between 1855 and 1866 by the Emperor Napoleon III. It contains an English landscape garden with four lakes; a zoo; an arboretum; a botanical garden; a hippodrome; a velodrome for bicycle races; and the campus of the French national institute of sports and physical education.