Another Paris in the center of Ural

In 19th century, Cossacks returning from the Napoleonic Wars established a village in what is now the Chelyabinsk oblast of Russia. It was named after Paris, and their descendants later erected a miniature Eiffel Tower.

Besides of this replica, Paris is a typical Russian village. Locals spend their days working on the crop fields and raising cattle and poultry.

 By the way, according to historians, almost 1 000 years ago Russian countess (and later a French queen) Anna Yaroslavna has described Paris as a “big village”.  Nowadays, this phrase is still popular among Russians.

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