Saturday, May 28, 2011

Paris Arrondissements Explained

Paris' Arrondissements, aka districts, can be confusing to visitors. Yet, their unrolling snail-like -- from 1st to 20th and center-outwards -- makes perfect geographical and Cartesian sense. The Paris Blog has an interesting post on the origins of those districts, which date back to the 13th Century, but were only made official in 1860. The post brings historical perspective, too. For instance, did you know that Paris street-naming dates back to the 12th Century? Or that there are about 6,000 streets in the city? More here.

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