"To be Parisian is to be."

These words, written in 1323, capture the special excitement and energy of city life the late Middle Ages. As a royal capital, center of learning and the arts, and thriving commerical hub, Paris developed a uniquely complex character among European cities. This site presents the Gothic metropolis through architecture, sculpture, painted views, photographs, movies and literature that record and imagine its physical fabric, its social and cultural life, and its role as a center of artistic innovation.



In Praise of Paris : the city in 1323 | Ci Commenche le Livre de Fauvel


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