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How did Paris Grow and Change in the 1900s?

Updated on April 12, 2016

Paris, France

Paris is a city along the Seine River in France that has many famous landmarks. It is very rich in art and culture. I wrote this report about twenty five years ago. It's about how this famous city grew and changed over the last few thousand years, since 1900, and through both World Wars.

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The City

Paris is an old city that grew from an island in the Seine River. During the last century, it became a large city. Almost one-fifth of the nation's total population is in the Paris metropolitan area. To many visitors, the city itself is like a museum. The city has many gardens and tree lined boulevards. One third of the surface is buildings.

Eiffel Tower


To get from one major city to another in France, it is usually necessary to go through Paris. Famous monuments, palaces, museums, theaters, and restaurants are found in the city. Paris has more art than Rome. The major landmarks are along the banks of the Seine River. The Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Sainte Chapelle, the Palais de Justice, and many buildings from the nineteenth century.



Paris is the center of French art, education, government, communications, banking, business, and tourist trade. It has the main rail, canal, and highway systems of France. Paris has two main airports. Le Bourget Airfield is on the North side of the city. Orly Airfield is on the South side of the city. There is also another airport. Paris is not free of city problems. It suffers from air pollution, traffic noise, and high-rise construction.

Pont des Arts


In 1911, Paris became a great idustrial center. Manufacturing, trades, and services developed on a large scale. The population reached 2,888,100. In 1914, French railways and the national highway system grew and expanded. The city reached its maximum population of the early 1900s in 1914. The population was 3,000,000.

Sacre Coeur

The World Wars

World War I caused destruction to Paris from air raids and long range artillery. The population decreased when people left because of the war. After 1920, the suburbs of Paris began to grow, but the population within the city continued to decline. By the end of World War II, the population was 2,725,400.

Mona Lisa

2000 Years

In 1951, Paris celebrated its two thousand year anniversary. The last thousand years have been significant in the city's history. Offices, entertainments, and cultural establishments continued to grow within city limits. Residential and manufacturing expansion occurred in the suburbs. By 1960, Paris was overcrowded again. The population was 3,050,000.

Seine River


Many famous people have lived and worked in Paris. It is full of monuments and historic sites. Parisians try to conserve every existing building and they resist change.

The Statue of Liberty in France

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      France has a long history with the U.S. First of all, it used to own a large portion of it. Secondly, it gave the Statue of Liberty to America along with many of the ideas for which it stands.

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      Delia 4 years ago

      Nice lens! Wish I had seen this lens before I went to Paris last fall. My great grandparents had a home in Paris and in Dresden, they both died there, wish I would have known more including what cemetery .

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Cool lens! Paris is definitely on my list of places I want to travel to. Angel blessed!

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      hartworks lm 5 years ago

      I lived in Paris in the 1960s, at two different times. Loved it very much!

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      srsddn lm 5 years ago

      It seems lot of expansion has taken place during the last thousands years. Good narration of some facts about Paris.

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      DonD LM 5 years ago

      The place was great in the past, I believe there are still some structures that had been preserve by the government. Cool lense

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I just love Paris. Each time I go, there is something I have not seen before.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      Visiting lenses this morning is like touring the world. I have been to the USA, Canada, Africa, and now France. Amazing and I am enjoying every minute :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Paris is an important landmark in the history of France, with its leading fashion and glamourous extravaganza, it is no doubt a sought out destination for travelers.

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      SweetMarie83 LM 6 years ago

      Very interesting lens on one of the world's most beautiful cities! I went to Paris 10 years ago for a very short 3 days, I'd love to go back and take a couple of weeks to explore the city more and re-do everything I did now that I'm an adult and would appreciate it even more.

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      Jhangora LM 6 years ago

      Nice to know the history of a beautiful city. I love the way French sounds and of course Laetitia Casta :)

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I will get there one day. Apart from changing planes at Charles De Gaulle airport, I haven't been there.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am going to make it there someday, it is a place everyone probably has on their bucket list.

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      reasonablerobby 7 years ago

      i've only been to Paris once way back in the 1990s. Visited L'Oreal on a business field trip (typical factory!) and saw some weird modern town art in La Defence. Boy is the Eifel tower tall and the elevator ride up there beats anything at Disney World any day!! We can get direct to Paris from Nottingham where I live thanks to the Euro tunnel so will be going again soon.

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      Twmarsh 7 years ago

      I really like historical lenses such as this. Nicely assembled!

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      I love Paris!

      We spent five very HOT days there in the summer with the heatwave (2005?) and still enjoyed it.