The French capital and one of Europe's - if not the world's -
most instantly recognisable and iconic cities. Its global impact on
art, fashion, entertainment, media and education cannot be
underestimated; Paris truly offers something for everyone. Its
origins date back to 52BC, when the Romans conquered a Gallic
fortress called Lutetia Parisiorum. They established a colony which
later became the capital of the Frankish Empire - and then emerged
in the 10th century as the centre of the new French Kingdom.