I love Paris City for the million reasons that everybody loves the city. It’s an incredibly romantic and beautiful place.~Alan Furst
History of Paris City
The city of Paris began in the 3rd century BC when a Celtic tribe called the Parisii built a fortified settlement on the Ile de la Cite. The Romans conquered the Parisii in 52 AD and they built a town on the River Seine. The Romans called Paris Lutetia. However, Roman Paris was not a particularly large or important town. It had a population of not more than 10,000.
In the late 3rd century Paris and the surrounding region were converted to Christianity. However, by then the Roman Empire was in decline. In 486 a race called the Franks captured Paris.
in 1338 the Hundred Years War between France and England began and in 1348 Paris was devastated by the Black Death. In 1357 the mayor of Paris Etienne Marcel led a rebellion in Paris to try and gain more rights for Parisian merchants. However, Royalist forces captured Paris in 1358 and Marcel and his followers were executed.
The Paris of today was built long after the Capetian and later the Bourbon Kings of France made their mark on Paris with the Louvre and the Palais Royal, both in the 1st. In the 19th century, Baron von Hausmann set about reconstructing the city, by adding the long straight avenues and replacing many of the then existing medieval houses, with grander and more uniform buildings.
During this time, however, Paris enjoyed considerable growth as a multi-cultural city, with new immigrants from all corners of the world, especially La Francophonie, including most of northern and western Africa as well as Vietnam and Laos. These immigrants brought their foods and music, both of which are of prime interest for many travelers.
Musée du Louvre
Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris
Jardin du Luxembourg
Cimetière du Pere Lachaise