The heart of Paris is its beloved Seine. No other European city has such a strong tie to “her” river. It is from the Seine that distances, house numbers are counted. The Seine divides the town into the Rive Droite (North bank) and the Rive Gauche (South bank), being strongly different in character. While the Eastern part of the town has its roots in history, the architecture of the Western part stems mainly from the 19th and 20th century. The history of the left bank of the Seine has always been determined by artists and intellectuals. Art galleries line up next to publishing houses, the Boulevard Saint-Michel and the Quartier Latin are the home of students and professors.