Between the Ile-de-la-Cité and the Left bank we will follow the footsteps of the Gallo-Roman civilisation, born from the merger of two distinct cultures. From the Celtic settlements to the Barbarian invasions, we will consider the conquest of Julius Caesar, the romanisation of Gaul and the importance of the discoveries and archaelogical excavations in the 19th century.
A Capetian capital city
Under the Capetien dynasty, the royal power settled progressively in Paris. The population of the capital city quadrupled from Philip II Augustus to Philip IV the Fair. During this visit we will see how the medieval city was organised, at the heart of the power on the Ile-de-la-Cité, but also on either side of the Seine River, between the economical bank and the intellectual bank.
Paris Grand Siècle
The new face of Paris in the 17th century
From the entry of Henry IV into Paris to the twilight of the Sun King, Paris went through large-scale transformations. From the medieval city enclosed within its ramparts, it became an open city where monumental squares, majestic churches ans private mansions sprang up.
In 1853 Napoleon III appointed Georges Eugène Haussmann Prefect of the Department and assigned him the mission of "making the city healthier, less congested and grander". I suggest an itinerary from the Opera Square to the Monceau Park in order to explain the implementation of this ambitious project which transformed Paris, a city that we can now describe as "haussmannian".
Is Paris burning ?
The Liberation of Paris
You have already done the scenic tour? On board your vehicle, I offer to rediscover Paris from a different angle, the perspective of the Liberation.
You are on foot? We will shorten the itinerary from the Police Prefecture to the Champs-Elysées.