The City of Light
Known as the City of Light, Paris has been extolled for centuries as one of the great cities of the world. Its location on the Seine River, at a strategic crossroads of land and river routes, has been the key to its expansion since the Parisii tribe first settled here in the 3rd century BC.
Paris is an alluring city boasting many monumental landmarks, such as the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower. Its beautiful gardens, world-class cuisine, high fashion, sidewalk cafÃ©s and intellectual endeavors are well known. The city's cultural life is centered on the Left Bank of the Seine, while business and commerce dominate the Right Bank. The image is located at 48.8 degrees north latitude and 2.3 degrees east longitude.
This image of Paris was acquired on July 23, 2000 by ASTER, the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer.