Curiosities of the 8éme arrondissement of Paris !!

I have decided to do these black and white series, no pictures and tell you about my stumping grounds while working in Paris for 9 years, I will continue with the curiosities of the 8éme arrondissement of Paris !!

Why not start with the obelisk in the Place de la Concorde offered by Mehmet Ali in the name of Egypt in 1831,and put in the Place de la Concorde on October 26 1836 in the presence of Louis Philippe, The obelisk is one of two built by Ramses II at the entrance to the temple of Luxor. Since 1999 it has become the biggest solar cadran in the world. Proposed by the astronomer Camille Flammarion in 1913 interrupted by the Great War or WWI and continue in 1938 by Daniel Roguet, worked began in 1939 and interrupted by WWII, again on June 21 1999 under Philippe de La Cotardiére and Denis Savoie. You can see traces of it on the side of the Rue Royale five lines crossed in the ground with one still keeping its metallic structure. At the far end of the square you see in Roman numerals going from VI to XVII marking the solar hour.

In the Place de la Concorde there is still a plaque on Louis XVI ,it is in the corner with rue Boissy-d’Anglas, This was the name of the square from 1826 to 1828 and reminds of the decapitation of Louis XVI on January 21 1793. At the other extreme, you have the pont de la Concorde finished in 1792 with stones from the Bastille prison.

You can see the facade of 40 Cours Albert 1er a construction by Lalique done in 1911 as home and workshop of the master glass maker Lalique, The door is made of glass sculpted with the branches of trees ! By 3 rue Royale you see the Musée Pierre Cardin by the double doors of the restaurant, The Maxim’s of Pierre Cardin. Built in 1758 and renovated in 1899 on the same Art Nouveau style ,nice place to visit. By 1 Rue Royale you can see a panel telling you of the general mobilisation of August 2 1914 for the WWI, By here at 25 rue Royale, passage de la Madeleine village Royal a plaque mention the home of Alphonse Allais across at 24 rue Royale.

You can admire the facade of the building on 30 Avenue Marceau done by André Granet son in law of Gustave Eiffel, Building in the Art Nouveau style with facade sculpted in branches and pine cone, On the other side 34 avenue Wagram you see the Hôtel Elysées Céramic Art Nouveau style built in 1904 covered with sandstone of Bigot, Today is a 3 star hotel.

Moving to my fav Place de la Madeleine you have the public toilets ! 50 cents mind you ! Created in 1904 with a nice ceramic staircase wooden doors, and glass decoration in floral style , lavabo in each cabinet, worthy of an Art Nouveau museum ! The Church de la Madeleine ordered built by Napoléon I in 1806 and finished after his death in 1842. Done with 52 columns on its forecourt one for each year of life of the emperor.

Many times mentioned the prettiest metro station in Paris is that of line 13, Liége aka Berlin it was rename before WWI, Closed for several years it was reopened in 1968 with ceramic decorations that tell of scenes and monuments of the province of Liége in Belgium.

You can admire the borne or terminals limit of 4 Rue de Laborde, that were the frontiers of Paris in the 18C, There is a panel there describing the nature of the bornes, They were done for control of the population and supply of goods and marking the limit of which Parisian could build,It was very little respected ! A total of 294 bornes were fixed in the walls of Paris in the 18C, In another the neighborhood of Europe just behind the gare Saint Lazare was name after many cities in Europe, However, after the Great War or WWI, some were changed. The rue de Berlin was now the rue de Liége, and the rue de Hambourg changed to the rue de Bucarest, After WWII, the avenue de Tokyo in the 16éme was changed to avenue de New York as well, At least the Palais de Tokyo still there,,,,

There is a wonderful building here, mentioned in a post in my blog the Chapelle Expiatoire or Expiatory Chapel at square Louis XVI,(see post), By the heights of 34 Rue Pasquier see the reliefs of sharks and camels on the facade of the building done in 1930, building done in 1927. By 48 Avenue Gabriel see the Petit Musée Puiforcat, with a collection of Alphonse Puiforcat and older from the 18C, the collection was later purchase by Niarchos a Greek shipbuilder and given to the Louvre as a loan.

On this district, Republican France keeps lots of reminders of its Royal past, You have a rue Clovis, Ruelle Charlemagne, Henri IV has a lycée or high school, boulevard, quay, passarelle , and port ! Louis Philippe has a bridge, and Louis XIII has an indirect street as the rue Dauphine that he was until 1607,Also the Rue Louis le Grand and high school of same name in reference to Louis XIV,The rue François I , Cours de la Reine for Marie de Médicis , rue Sainte Anne in reference to Anne of Austria and rue Thérése for the queen Maria Teresa, In others, you have the Rue du Berry, rue de Provence, Rue Monsieur, rue Madame, rue Mademoiselle, rue d’Artois, rue Monsieur le Prince, rue Mazarin, rue Richelieu, and rue Colbert, And as above the Chapelle Expiatoire is on the square Louis XVI !, but also rue Tronchet, rue de Séze , boulevard Malesherbes for the defenders of Louis XVI.

In the parc Monceau, you the pyramide with two Egyptian heads, and of course the Parc Monceau (see post), Around it you see the Musée Nissim de Camondo, 63 rue de Monceau built between 1911 and 1913 with works of art from the 18C, And the Cité Odiot at 26 rue de Washington, built on the former mansion of the jewerler Jean Baptiste Odiot that made the shrine of Saint Vincent de Paul and the sword and scepter of Napoléon Ier.

Also, the Galerie C.T. Loo & Cie at 48 rue de Courcelles, Created in 1926 for the antiques dealer Ching Tsai Loo, Today the oldest gallery of Asian art in Paris and the only real Chinese house in Paris, An unique decoration of 600 m2 of Asian arts, Outside it is like a Chinese pagoda and can be rented on several rooms for cocktails, conferences and fashion passarelles, Yes you bet you been here !!!

I have mentioned the Cathédrale Alexandre Nevski 12 rue Daru, It was opened on September 12 1861 with funds from the tsar Alexandre II, and the Russian community in Europe , It was under Istanbul from 1931 and now under the jurisdiction of Moscow since 2019, Pablo Picasso was married here with Olga Koklova with witness by Jean Cocteau, Max Jacobs, and Guillaume Apollinaire,

There you go folks, a dandy walk around wonderful eternal Paris and its 8th district where I once worked, and visit often the area. Hope you enjoy the trivia and do come to the most beautiful city in the world:Paris!

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

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