Le Ville De L’amour (The City Of Love)

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In the early history of Paris, France, around 250 B.C, a Celtic tribe (Gauls) called the Parisii settled in a fishing village among the banks of the river Sienne. After centuries of hostility with the Romans, the Gauls were defeated by Julius Caesar and his army in 52 B.C. The Romans took over the area and renamed it the town of Lutetia. Lutetia remained under the Roman’s control for the next 500 years and was continually overrun by many other countries for several centuries but was eventually named the city of Paris after its original settlers. (“History of Paris.” LonelyPlanet.com. Lonely Planet, 2014. Web. 12 Jan. 2014.). Many Kings of France made Paris their capital, but during the reign of Philip Augustus (12th and 13th century) the city changed more notably with paved streets, city walls, churches and schools. ("Paris.” Infoplease.com. Columbia University Press2012, 2012. Web. 12 Jan. 2014.). A few years later conflict between the Anglo Normans and the Capetians caused the Hundred Years’ War, which led to the death of over 80,000 inhabitants of Paris. Paris during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries acquired some cultural achievements such as plays, music, and paintings; it also began the suppressed period of the French revolution. On January 28, 1887 the construction of the Eiffel tower began and today it is one of Paris’ romantic landmarks. In fact, the city of Paris is known as the city of love because of its beautiful, romantic influence carried through its countless landmarks. (“History of Paris.” LonelyPlanet.com. Lonely Planet, 2014. Web. 12 Jan. 2014.).
Other beauties of Paris lie in the physical characteristics of the land. The city is mostly flat land, but a more interesting fact about Paris is that it is divided down the middle by a river. The Sienne’s first establishers were the Parisii tribe and it was always known as the heart and soul of Paris. Today the river is a well-known commercial waterway and is used for trading. ("The River Seine in France Paris." The River Seine in France Paris. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Jan. 2014.). Though the flatter parts of Paris are closest to the Sienne, not all of Paris is flat. There are many hills in the city, and the highest hill is known as the Montmartre, which offers splendid views. ("The Ups and Downs of Paris." Decoding Paris. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Jan. 2014.). The buildings and...

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