Paris, the capital of France, is one of the most popular destinations in the world. The City of Lights is renowned for many things. Its history, beauty, high quality of life, cosmopolitanism, art, fashion, cuisine, cultural diversity, romance, architecture, museums, theaters, and intellectual life. For these and countless other reasons, Paris immediately evokes strong sentiment, whether or not one is lucky enough to have been there. This book, Historic Photos of Paris, explores the rise of this seductive city, through a collection of extraordinary historic photographs from international archives. The book follows the people, places, and historic events that shaped the development of modern Paris in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Iconic landmarks, scenes of daily life, and unique and rare moments are presented in hundreds of historic photographs, revealing a rich portrait of the urban masterpiece that is Paris.