Paris Circa 1180
In the Middle Ages the city began to develop districts which showed Paris as France’s cultural capital.
North of the Seine,(the Right Bank), became the center of commerce. It is where the central market, workshops, stores and the port were located.
South of the Seine, (the Left Bank), was where the new University of Paris was established by the Church and Royal Court. Scholars were trained in law, theology and mathematics. Also located on the South Bank were the two great monasteries of Paris: the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Montagne Sainte-Geneviève.