Throughout Europe’s history, Paris has taken center stage. In the 12th – 13th centuries, it was the largest and wealthiest city on the continent, and the beauty of Paris began to take shape. Under construction were many great works, such as the Notre Dame, the Louvre, and St Chapelle. Centuries later it was the heart of the French Revolution, a precursor to the French Empire under Napoleon. Paris’ golden age came in the decades prior to the first World War, ‘La Belle Époque’, where, along with infrastructure breakthroughs such as the Metro, the city became renowned worldwide for its cuisine, fashion, and arts. To this day, the city still possesses this aura of grandeur, beauty, and high culture.