In 2011, more than 15 million people flocked to Paris to explore all things historic, cultural, and culinary. Hardcore history buffs may now have a helping hand, however, thanks to a new tool developed by Dassault Systèmes. With support from a team of archaeologists and historians, Dassault developed Paris 3D, an interactive voyage through 2000 years of Parisian history.

The model allows users to take a guided tour through some of Paris’ most significant and recognizable historical sites, from the Gallo-Roman City of Lutetia that would eventually become Paris, to the construction of some of the city’s most iconic landmarks, including the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Bastille, and the Eiffle Tower.

In an interview with Mashable, Mehdi Tayoubi, VP of design and experimental strategy at Dassault Systèmes, said that “This is the first time we have a digital model of Paris, and this virtual model is a big advantage over what we’d had in the past… It can be adapted as archeologists make new discoveries. It’s a kind of living world; we’re going to add other monuments, make other representations.”

Users can check out Paris 3D using their web browser, or in one of the best educational iPad apps I’ve come across. Both feature incredible imagery, 3D environments, video and sound effects. The app also boasts some impressive augmented reality functions and the ability to erase historical images to reveil their modern equivalent today.

If you like Paris 3D, make sure to also check out Dassault’s first project, Giza 3D, as well.