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In 1675, Francesco Procopio dei Coltelli was inspired to open a coffee shop by an Armenian immigrant named Pascal who was selling lemonade and coffee at a kiosk in Paris. Pascal’s attempts at running the small business were unsuccessful, so Procopio…

Parc du Champ de Mars lies in the neighborhood of Les Invalides, in the 7th arrondisement a neighborhood once ruled by the people society had forgotten in the 17th and 18th centuries due to hospital located within the neighborhood to care for the…

The Musée d’Orsay, located on the Left Bank of the Seine in Paris, is a truly unique museum. Built in the late 1800s as a railroad station, the museum impresses its visitors not just for the art collection, but for the building’s architecture alone.…

Born on December 4, 1750, Henri Grégoire grew up in a lower-class family as a son of a tailor in a small village called Vého. He entered into the Jesuit College of Nancy from 1763 to 1768, then went onto the seminary of Metz from 1769 to 1771. After…

Palais de Chaillot was built atop the foundation of the former Palais du Trocadero. Palais du Trocadero was constructed for the 1878 World’s Fair. It was also a large winged structure, however, unlike the Palais de Chaillot, the center of the…

Named after the French commander Pierre Denfert-Rocheeau who organized the defense during the France-Prussian War at the Siege of Belfort, the Place dates back to the 18th century through a series of letters that refers to the site as being part of…

City and Civ: Paris

Paris City and Civ is a web platform that uses multimedia storytelling organized around tours of Parisian neighborhoods and Parisian sites to explore the urban development and rich artistic and cultural heritage of the City of Light.  Each point on the interactive location-enabled map includes information about the site that relates it to the historoy, architecture, artistic and literary movements centered in Paris, and the urban development of the city.  Stories are illustrated by images that my include related art works, archival images, and photos taken by students during a study abroad experience in Paris.  This interdisciplinary project was developed by faculty and students at Cleveland State University in Art History, World Languages, and Urban Studies.  This site is powered by O... Read more About Us