Advertise here with Carbon Ads

This site is made possible by member support. ❤️

Big thanks to Arcustech for hosting the site and offering amazing tech support.

When you buy through links on, I may earn an affiliate commission. Thanks for supporting the site! home of fine hypertext products since 1998.

🍔  💀  📸  😭  🕳️  🤠  🎬  🥔

An Animated 3D Video Tour of Paris Through History from 52 BCE to 1889

In 2012, a company called Dassault Systèmes launched an interactive application that allowed you to move about in a 3D historical reconstruction of Paris at different points in its history. The application seems to have fallen into disrepair so that you can’t actually use it, but the 13-minute video above offers a tour through several time periods, including:

  • 52 BCE. The area was home to a Celtic group called the Parisii, just before the Romans conquered the settlement.
  • 2nd century CE. The Romans ruled here until 486 CE; they called the city Lutetia.
  • 1165-1350. The medieval period. Paris was one of the largest cities in Europe.
  • 1789. A look at the Bastille during the French Revolution.
  • 1887-1889. The construction of the Eiffel Tower for the 1889 World’s Fair. It was the tallest man-made structure in the world for more than 40 years (eclipsed by the Chrysler Building).