Paris, France

Paris is the capital and largest city of France. It is situated on the river Seine, in northern France, at the heart of the Île-de-France region. Its metropolitan area is one of largest population centres in the European Union and Europe, with more than 12 million inhabitants

 

The earliest archaeological signs of permanent settlements in the Paris area date from around 4200 BC. The Romans conquered the Paris basin in 52 BC and called it Lutetia Parisorum but later Gallicised to Lutèce. It expanded greatly over the following centuries, becoming a prosperous city with a forum, palaces, baths, temples, theatres, and an amfitheater. After that Paris experienced Merovingian, Feudal Eras, and Middle Ages.

 

The greatest development in Paris’s history began with the Industrial Revolution creation of a network of railways that brought an unprecedented flow of migrants to the capital from the 1840s. The city’s largest transformation came with the 1852 Second Empire under Napoleon III; his préfet, Baron Haussmann, levelled entire districts of Paris’ narrow, winding medieval streets to create the network of wide avenues and neo-classical façades that still make up much of modern Paris.

More info about Paris you can find on Wikipedia and on the official Paris website.

 

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