Curiosities of the 14éme 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 finish with the curiosities of the 14éme arrondissement of Paris !!

You can see a wonderful gate in the form of a double heart done in 1959 in the facade of the no 9 building in the Cité Bauer of an Art Nouveau style. Also, a menhir stone by 133 rue Vercingétorix is a small square between a basketball court and Children playground and this was a gift from my new are Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Morbihan dept 56 !yes!

You have the Montparnasse cemetery not my cup of tea to visit but there are some good folks buried here. At 126 bd du Montparnasse, you have a nice row of buildings and shops/apartments ; at no 3 bis for the painter Lucien Simon, at no 5for the painter Jean Paul Laurens, and at no 7 for the painter Czernikowski nearer the rue Casini. Also, see plenty of painters ‘shops at 9 Rue Campagne-Prémiere all built from material from the demolition of the Universal Exposition of 1889. And to follow at 39 rue Campagne-Prémiere a building from 1911 a perfect example of transition between the Art Nouveau and Modernism, as by Le Corbusier, Continue not far into the building at no 7 rue Lebouis done in 1913 ornamentation of frescos like you find in Brussels, the building won the contest for facades in 1913.

One of my favorite here is the jardins suspendu de l’Atlantique at Rue des cinq Martyrs du Lycée Buffon, you need to go up and see the memorial de la Liberation in the back of the garden, Contemporary gardens showing nature, metal and wood, All surrounded by buildings with curtains with a surrealistic feeling.

You see by 59 rue Vercingétorix you see the wonderful Church Notre Dame du Travail de Plaisance, the remarkable thing here is the interior with an industrial architecture unique in Paris, Directly influence by Gustave Eiffel and Baltard, the metallic canopy of the nave has 135 tons of iron and steel, This comes as the wishes of abbe Soulange-Bodin who wanted a church to unite the workers and the faithful, The church house a bell weighting 552 kg offered by Napoléon III in 1865 that came from the city of Sebastopol and brought back to Paris during the war of Crimea.

Around it, you have at the rue Vercingétorix, the squares of Place de l’Amphithéâtre and Place de Séoul, Rebuilt in the 1980’s the neighborhood of the Place de Catalogne was the work of architect Ricardo Bofill around these squares shows the classicism style of architeture built in the contemporary period, They have very nice calm gardens for a pause or lecture.

At 42 Avenue de l’Observatoire you have the Maison du Fontanier , you can obtain the schedule of conferences and come to see the house, It was built between 1619 and 1623 by the Gobelin brothers on the orders of Salomon de Brosse the fountain men of the king, Today the waters go to the reservoir de Montsouris, During the visit you can see the three former basins that fed water to Paris such as the bassin du roi, bassin de la Ville, and bassin des Carmélites,that served different places in Paris such as the jardin du Luxembourg, the Church Val de Grâce, and the convent of the Carmelites as well as 13 fountains.

You have a wonderful view of Paris behind the Hôpital La Rochefoucauld entry by the avenue du Général Leclerc to the aqueduct d’Arcueil, that still carries water to Paris.

You can see the cloister in the Hôpital Cochin at 123 bd de Port Royal, you enters by the bd de Port Royal follow the arrows that tell you of the chapel, The cloister belonged to the abbey of women of Port Royal des Champs founded in the 13C in the town of Chevreuse (Yvelines 78), the abbey comes to Paris in 1625 and was made famous since 1635 when it became a home for Jansenism, Blaise Pascal was a frequent visitor. Demolished during the French revolution the convent was made a prison, that took the name of Port Libre, and finally started its hospital history in 1795.

By Bd Arago was the last vesparisienne just in front of the health prison dating from the 19C, They were eventually replaced by automatic urinals in 1980 onwards. By the same area in the quarries of des Capucins ,Hôpital Cochin, 27 rue du Faubourg Saint Jacques worth the visit by asking for a tour to the hospital, The visit here is exceptional indeed. They are at more than 20 meters below and well kept thanks to an association that takes care of them, In the 15-16C these stones served to built the chapels of the monasteries of the Capucins as well as about 30% of the stones for Notre Dame Cathedral, Above it, Jean Baptiste Cochin made built an infirmary that is the ancestor of the current Hôpital Cochin.

In a more perfumy place you can go to the Villa Adrienne with entrance by the avenue Général Leclerc created in 1870,It hosted military mainly for a small space of paradise,Around it you see beautiful buildings in brick and white stone with sculpture and ornamented balconies in terracotta wearing the name of famous such as Corneille and Racine, one of the side is enclosed of beautiful mansions.

You have here several corners of great beauty done by Le Corbusier and Auguste Perret that are worth the walk, Some of these are at 29 rue Boulard you need permission of the owners but here Gauguin started painting when he was a simple bank employee in the shop of his friend Emile Schuttneckar, At 14bis rue Mouton -Duvernet with an elegant passage garden and elegant canopies. The Villa Hallé at no 36 a nice impasse that is private but served as the spot for the film « Le bon Plaisir » with Catherine Deneuve. The Square Montouris the house at the end was built by Le Corbusier which is actually a street one of the prettiest in Paris, At 6 rue George Braque , Perret built a house that lived the painter Braque, Villa Saurat at 7bis house built by Perret for the sculptor Chana Orloff, Soutine and Henri Miller also lived here. See also the Villa Alésia 111 rue d’Alésia and 39bis rue des Plantes, The Villa du Parc Montsouris at rue du parc montsouris and impasse Nansouty, And Villa Jamot 105 and 107 rue Didot, house closed and private but if someone comes out ask gently to see the beautiful paved impasse.

See the Musée Sainte Anne Centre Hospitalier Sainte Anne pavillon L 2nd fl (3rd fl US) 1 rue Cabanis, It shows the hospital life of the Sainte Anne hospital from the first patient admis in May 1867, Collection of instruments tables and portraits and knives to cut the brain presented in a wooden box ! The Musée Singer-Polignac , same as above, open only on heritage days, it present the work of mental patients especially those done for over 50 years on the shop of therapeutic arts, a therapy on artistic mediation,

By the Parc Montsouris, side of boulevard Jourdan, see sight of the south,high of 4 meters is a stele stone with inscriptions on Napoléon now erased, It was originally built in the jardin de l’Observatoire and was moved in 1806 in the park and today a bit shifted from the Meridian of Paris. The Meridian of Paris was the official one from 1669 before replaced by the one of Greenwich in 1884, The meridian is today represented on the sidewalks of Paris by 135 medallions engrave with the name of Arago, In Paris, the north terminal or borne is at 1 avenue Junot in Montmartre but now part of a private residency, You can see traces of it on the floor of the galleries of the Carrousel au Louvre under the inverted pyramid.

There you go folks, a dandy walk around wonderful eternal Paris and its 14th 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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