Paris, France is known as the “city of light.” It is the subject of countless paintings, novels, poems, and films, and its architecture, museums, and monuments draw visitors from around the world. Paris’s history is only one part of its appeal. It remains a vital center of visual art, fashion, cuisine, and learning. And as the capital of France and the largest city in the European Union, Paris is also a seat of financial and political power. Many people believe the city of Paris demonstrates the height of Western European culture.
Credits: La Défense, Paris’s business district is visible on the horizon, just outside the main city. Unlike other parts of Paris, La Défense is a towering collection of modern skyscrapers. Its glass towers were kept outside of the main city, to preserve the historic beauty of Paris. This specialized section of the city is home to finance and banking firms and other companies and corporations you would expect to find in the largest city in Europe.