Exploring the History of Paris With Amir Landsman

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As a world traveler, Amir Landsman has visited Paris, France, many times. On his latest trip, he chose to focus on the city’s captivating, eclectic history.

What’s in a Name?

This historic city is often referred to as the City of Light because, as many believe, it was among the first cities in Europe to install gas lights along its streets and walkways. Paris is also commonly called the City of Love and has earned a reputation for romance among writers, filmmakers and other artists.

Modern City With Prehistoric Roots

Archaeologists believe that Paris was first settled in about 4,500 B.C. by hunter-gatherers along the Seine River. In approximately 52 B.C., Roman invaders captured the town, which they called Lutetia. Paris remained under Roman rule for almost 500 years. The collapse of the Roman Empire left this area unprotected and allowed it to be captured and assimilated into the Frankish territories during the latter years of the fourth century. Under French rule, Paris became a center for commerce, religion and education.

A Revolution Like No Other

The French Revolution began in 1789 as a response to the unbridled spending and debt incurred by King Louis XVI and his wife, Marie Antoinette. Both were executed in 1793, one year after France declared its independence from royal rule and established itself as a republic.

A Tourist’s Paradise

Today, Paris is a global tourism destination and boasts a number of distinctive landmarks, including the Louvre, the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur, the Notre-Dame de Paris, the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and the scenic Champs-Elysees fine dining and upscale shopping area.