There can be few cities on the planet that can claim to have been at the centre of history as Paris has. Roman, English, Prussian and German armies have all laid siege, while kings, queens, communes and emperors have reigned and toppled as history played out within its walls.
A centre of progressive thinking, modern Paris is recognised for its architectural beauty, Baron Haussmann famously carving 12 grand avenues into the city soil, radiating from the Arc de Triomphe, during the 1860s. Known as the City of Light, Paris still sets the global agenda for culture, cuisine, and fashion, as well as boasting an unmatched artistic heritage.
Parc des Princes
UEFA capacity: 45,000
Tenants: Paris Saint-Germain FC
Opened: May 1972
• Situated in the south-west of the French capital, the Parc des Princes owes its name to its location on terrain used as a royal hunting ground in the 18th century.
• The current stadium is the third to have been built on the site, the first opening its doors in 1897 and the second following in 1932.
• The Parc des Princes was the finishing point of the Tour de France from 1903 to 1967; it also boasts a long history as an international rugby venue.
• It has also hosted six European club football finals, including the first ever European Champion Clubs' Cup showpiece in 1956 when Real Madrid CF beat Stade de Reims Champagne 4-3.
• In addition to staging games at the 1938 and 1998 FIFA World Cups, the stadium was the venue for the 1960 and 1984 UEFA European Championships finals.
• The renovation of the Parc des Princes, which will improve services for the general public while also boosting the capacity to 45,000, is due for completion by mid-2015.