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  • Writer's pictureLindsey Hansen

Virtual Visit: Building Paris, Part 1

Updated: Sep 22, 2020

In our first few virtual visits, we focused on the "historic heart" of Paris: the Ile de la Cité and the Latin Quarter. In our next couple of visits, we're going to expand our exploration of Paris' urban plan, first by studying the growth of the city from the 12th through the 19th century, then by digging deeper into the radical restructuring of Paris under Napoleon III and Baron Haussmann in the second half of the 19th century.

Today, we'll look specifically at how the city walls that encircled, protected, and brought economic prosperity to Paris also played a major part in shaping and organizing the city that we know today. We'll leave our "deep dive" into the significant changes to the city in the 19th century for the start of next week.

A quick reminder, as usual: the primary venue for this content is the stories feature on my Instagram page. All of the virtual visits will be saved in my story highlights. The purpose of the blog posts is to allow a greater audience (especially those without social media accounts) to benefit from the same content.

Now, let's look at some walls!

Tune back in on Monday, when we'll dig into how Napoleon III and Baron Haussmann made modern Paris through herculean feats in the second half of the 19th century!

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