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How Paris Became Paris: The Urban Development of the City of Light

Paris continues to be the most visited city in the world. This iconic metropolis fascinates everyone from first-time visitors to regulars to residents and begs the question — how did Paris become Paris? While some people are familiar with the modernization of the city that took place during the 19th century, many are unaware that Paris’s modern urban development actually began much earlier with the efforts of such kings as Henry IV and Louis XIV.

Based on extensive research, this course will explore the various facets of Paris’s 17th century remaking through illustrated lecture and lively discussion, and you will gain a whole new understanding of Paris plus plenty of travel ideas for your next trip to the French capital.

Two sessions: Monday, October 29, and Monday, November 5, 2018.