Place Victor Hugo, Paris!

SO on a cold night in my beloved Morbihan breton, I like to go for a short post on a wonderful neighborhood in a splendid district of my eternal Paris. I seldom just write on streets, and there are some major ones here , very popular, even wrote on one or two of those,but there are so many corners of my lovely Paris seldom mentioned, hardly ever visited and simply not remembered. And they should be look into closer.

I have come to eat ,and visit Paris and sightseeing on many years by this street and passed by this wonderful square always; it is one of my sentimental memories of my Paris, that I like to tell you today.

This is the title of course, Place Victor Hugo in the neighborhood of the plains of Passy and the district 16 of Paris. And passing this wonderful square, all along I came on the Avenue de Victor Hugo!

The square or Place Victor-Hugo is located in the 16éme arrondissement . It is at the meeting of the Avenue Raymond-Poincaré, Avenue Victor-Hugo, Avenue Bugeaud and Rue Copernicus, Rue Boissière, Rue Mesnil, and rue Sontay, and Rue Leonardo-de-Vinci.   The square is served by the metro station Victo Hugo of line 2. Also , the RATP bus 52 passes by here on the line Parc de Saint-Cloud to the Opéra passing by the towns of Saint-Cloud, Boulogne-Billancourt,and Paris. Also, RATP bus 82 on the line Hôpital Americain in Neuilly sur Seine to the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris.

A bit of history I like tell us that the square was in the center of the subdivision of the plain of Passy created in 1825 on a rural territory little developed on the old town of Passy between the Avenue de Neuilly, (current Avenue de la Grande Armée) in the north , the exterior boulevard of the enclosure of the Fermiers Généraux (General Farmers), present Avenue Kléber in the east, the former faisanderie of the Château de la Muette that stretched between the path of the little Park, current rue Pergolései, rue Spontini, and rue Mignard and the Bois de Boulogne to the West, and the rue de Longchamp to the south.

The Place Victor Hugo was called place de Rond-point Charles-X of the date of its creation in 1825 to honor the monarch at the time, and was renamed successively after the fall of Charles X, Place Rond-point de Saint-Cloud, Place Rond-point de la Plaine-de-Passy, Place de l’Hippodrome, then Place Eylau in the Second Empire before taking the name of Place Victor-Hugo following the decision of the city Council of Paris taken the very day of the death of Victor Hugo.

And in 1856, there was an Hippodrome (horse racecourse) opening here at the current spot of the Place Victor Hugo that was called at the time Place Rond-point de la Plaine-de-Passy. Its entrance was located on Avenue de la Dauphine (today Avenue Bugeaud). This lasted until the night of 29 to 30 September 1869, when the Hippodrome, built of wood, is completely destroyed by a huge fire.

The neighborhood is one of the first to benefit from 1900 of a Metro service. The station Victor Hugo opened on December 3, 1900 on the stretch of the line limited at the time to the segment Etoile-porte-Dauphine.

In the center of the square there rose a monument celebrating Victor Hugo, inaugurated in 1902 for the centenary of his birth. This group carved in bronze on a stone base, decorated with four bas-reliefs. The bronze part is requisitioned and melted to produce weapons in 1943 under the Nazis occupation. The bas-reliefs of the base have been saved: one is now at the Museum of Fine Arts of Calais and the other three in Veules-les-Roses. Since 1964, a large fountain has taken its place. The fountain is a circular stone basin with in its center three powerful jets of water that rise above three imposing vases covered with glass crystals. It is nowadays functional. See it below picture.

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Around this square you will find interesting points such as

Church of Saint-Honoré-d’Eylau . The Church was built in 1855. On September 2, 1867, a hundred people attended the funeral of the poet Charles Baudelaire. On 13 May 1871, during the commune of Paris of 1871, the Church was transformed into the barracks of the National Guard under the name of Saint-Honoré-d’Eylau Barracks. This Church is home to the nuns of Bethlehem. More info : https://en.parisinfo.com/paris-museum-monument/71162/%C3%89glise-Saint-Honor%C3%A9-d%27Eylau

At No. 10 Place Victor Hugo, there is the building where Maurice Schumann was born. He had joined General de Gaulle in London from June 1940, and became the spokesman for Free France. He is the voice on Radio London throughout the conflict. A loyal Gaullist, Christian Democrat and convinced European, he was one of the founders of the popular Republican movement, of which he was the first president. A member of the North for thirty years and then a senator for fifteen years, he was appointed Minister of State in the governments of Georges Pompidou several times and concluded his government career as Minister for Foreign Affairs (1969-1973). He was elected to the French Academy in 1974. More on him at the Order of the Liberation official webpage: https://www.ordredelaliberation.fr/fr/les-compagnons/893/maurice-schumann

In addition, one of my access to Paris while living in Versailles was the Avenue Victor Hugo entering on the Porte de la Muette. This avenue will take you through the place Victor Hugo . Victor Hugo lived the last years of his life in a hotel on the avenue which, since 1881, bore his name, at No. 50, and with the change in numeration in Paris it is now today   No. 124. The avenue Victor Hugo begins at the place Charles-de-Gaulle and ends at the place Tattegrain (Avenue Henri-Martin). It is one of twelve avenues starting from the Etoile (Arc de Triomphe) and the longest after the avenue of the Champs-Elysées. It is located between Avenue Foch and Avenue Kléber on the hill of Chaillot.

And of course, do not forget to have a coffee while doing your walks at the wonderful Café Victor Hugo on the square ,see it on picture above. More here: Café Victor Hugo Paris

There you walking and glancing of the architecture and the bits of things to know like above is wonderful; do walk in Paris is glorious and good for your health ::) Hope you enjoy the short post ….

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

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One Comment to “Place Victor Hugo, Paris!”

  1. Another of my favourite spots in Paris.

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