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t A medieval map of Paris

For over 2,000 years, Paris has survived endless invasions, wars and plagues that have tested the spirits of its citizens. The seat of power for world leaders such as Louis XIV and Napoleon, and the backdrop for events including revolution and Nazi invasion, Paris has endured, and with style.

From Roman Outpost to Capital City

The first permanent settlers, the Parisii, landed here around 2,500 years ago – though artifacts show that others were here before them. In 52 BC Rome conquered the Parisii, creating an outpost called Lutetia. By the fall of the Roman ...

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