I just wanted to share with you this map of Paris that I stumbled upon, dating back to the year 1180.
Back then, Paris was but a tiny village surrounded by rolling fields. It’s amazing to behold.
For fun, I have superimposed the names of the most central areas and monuments that came much later and that you might visit today. Most of them are located way out in those rolling fields of course!
One can clearly see that Paris began with Ile Saint Louis and the Marais, which today retain a lot of the buildings and architecture of the later 1600’s. This is historic Paris.
The site that we call Paris is actually believed to have been founded as a settlement in 250BC, by a Celtic tribe called the Parisii, who established a fishing settlement on the banks of the river Seine.
To think that it took them almost 1000 years (a thousand!) to progress from initial settlement to small village status (as per the image above) is a measure of how much progress has accelerated in the last decades compared to earlier eras! 😉
I hope you enjoyed this map as much as I did. Let me know your thoughts below.
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