Street in Paris

Street in Paris

Most of the Paris we see today is a result of a 19th century renovation, but the boulevards and arrondissement divisions were but a new grid bisecting quarters built by centuries of Parisian habit; it is for this Paris has many quarters that are not necessarily mentioned on any administrative map. Although Paris' origins are in its Left Bank, Parisians began to move to the newly-dried swampland of the Right bank around the 10th century, leaving the Left Bank to ecclesiastical and scholastic institutions. Commerce was at its highest around the Châtelet bridge guardhouse and Place de Gr?ve port, a market quarter that would later become Les Halles, artisans tended to keep to the east of the city, and the more noble residences and shops were always near the royal palaces. Although many are split between several arrondissements, most of these tendencies are still hold true in Paris today.

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