Representations of Paris as the ultimate capital of culture, full of innovative architects, artists, poets, and prominent businessmen still stand today and many people visit the French capital to search for an idyllic Belle Epoque city. The center of the universe, the leader of modern and contemporary art, the meeting point for international visual artists, and many other similar denominations show just how important Paris was for the cultural evolution of the modern world, and how today we look back at the powerful impact of a one city-all arts hub that established for nearly 100 years trends in all fields and scientific specialties.
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The city in the legends was built in the middle of the 19th century and its myth lasted until the middle of the 20th century. WWII completed a glorious period for French culture that is today regarded as one of the most prolific periods in the entire western civilization. Not only for the general progress but as one of the best examples of cultural exchange that seemed to shape differently the fate of the city. Paris became a true nest for democracy, a place where people can express freely their ideas, can create new art, be appreciated, can invent machinery or eternal symbols, such as Eiffel Tower. Picasso, Dali, Brâncuși, and Tzara embraced and were embraced by the French culture and Paris made them great and immortal.
One of the reasons Paris is still regarded as a center of cultural life is the fact that after WWII the city came out relatively unharmed in comparison to Berlin or London. However, the cultural politics of the last two cities were stronger after WWII, livelier and more complex, and eventually, the German and British capitals took over Paris. Nowadays, the French capital keeps without a doubt its place among the top cultural producers of the world, with leading music festivals, theatre plays, fashion, arts, and a vivacious atmosphere that fascinates and lights everyone’s imagination.