Curiosities of Paris, !!! Part III

Looking at my vault, found some older pictures on paper and took my electronic camera to take picture of the pictures and use them in my blog. This allows me to show in my blog places not shown or pics with new angles of places shown in the blog. Nostalgia sets in and here I go on the curiosities of Paris, part III

These are pictures before my blogging effort and even before coming to live in France! Hope you enjoy these marvels of my eternal Paris!!!

Anvers is a station of line 2 of the Paris metro, located on the border of the 9éme and 18éme arrondissements, The station is located under the boulevard Marguerite-de-Rochechouart, at the level of the place d’Anvers, The station carries as a sub- title Sacré-Coeur, in order to recall its relative proximity to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Montmartre, The Anvers station has a single access called “boulevard de Rochechouart – Sacré-Coeur”, leading to the central reservation of this boulevard, on the place d’Anvers opposite the square of the same name. Consisting of a fixed staircase, it is decorated with a Guimard aedicula, It owes its name to its proximity to the Place d’Anvers , which bear the name of the Belgian city of Antwerp (which is Anvers in Fr) where French troops won a victory over the Dutch during of the siege of the citadel of Antwerp in 1832. I have come by car here too good underground parking at the Saemes Anvers car park, 41 boulevard de Rochechouart, The picture is actually coming out from this parking walking to Sacré Cœur !

Paris anvers metro station to sacre coeur

The RATP of Paris on the Anvers metro station

The Saemes parking Anvers

The Saint-Pierre Church of Montmartre is located in the 18éme arrondissement of Paris, at the top of the Montmartre hill, at No. 2 rue du Mont-Cenis, west of the Sacré-Coeur basilica. Since the French revolution it has been the oldest parish church in Paris after that of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. It succeeded a Merovingian basilica dedicated to Saint Denis, of which five capitals and four marble columns were reused in the current church, the columns coming in turn from an ancient temple, Very dilapidated at the beginning of the 12C, the old basilica was acquired by King Louis le Gros in 1133, who replaced it with a new Romanesque church consecrated in 1147 by Pope Eugene III. Queen Adelaide of Savoy at the same time founded an abbey of Benedictine nuns south of the church, known as the Royal Abbey of Montmartre. The church is therefore parish and abbey at the same time , The restoration was undertaken between 1900 and 1905, and the Church of Saint-Pierre then obtains its current face. Today, is a center of Christian spirituality in the north of Paris.

Paris ch st pierre side montmartre

The official St Pierre Church of Montmartre

The Sainte-Chapelle, also known as Sainte-Chapelle du Palais, is a palatine chapel built on the Ile de la Cité, in Paris, at the request of Saint Louis to house the Holy Crown of Thorns, a piece of the True Cross, as well as various other relics of the Passion which he had acquired from 1239. Although , the Sainte-Chapelle has been officially decommissioned since the French revolution, it is periodically returned to its original purpose. Thus, the Catholic Group of the Palace, which brings together magistrates, lawyers, clerks, and members of the staff of the Paris courthouse, has ensured since the interwar period, the Catholic spiritual presence in the Sainte-Chapelle. The group’s chaplain celebrates a remembrance mass every year on All Saints’ Day, as well as a mass for Saint-Yves in May, one of the patron saints of Jurists. On March 21, 2014, on the occasion of the opening of the year of Saint-Louis, Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, Archbishop of Paris, led in procession the Holy Crown of Thorns from Notre-Dame Cathedral to the Sainte-Chapelle for the first time since the Ancien Régime (monarchy). A solemn mass was celebrated there, and broadcast live on a giant screen installed on Place Louis-Lépine. The Palais de Justice of Paris courthouse with a footprint of approximately four hectares ,surrounds the Sainte-Chapelle, adjacent to 36, quai des Orfèvres.

Paris sainte chapelle et palais de justice

The official Sainte Chapelle of Paris

The port of Suffren is a thoroughfare in the 7éme and 15éme arrondissements of Paris, located on the left bank of the Seine. It bears this name because of the vicinity of the avenue de Suffren which takes its name from the French vice-admiral Pierre André de Suffren.  This port bears its present name since 1905. It starts at the Pont d’Iéna and ends at the Pont de Bir-Hakeïm , measuring 600 meters long. Enter by the Quai Branly.  I came here for several gastronomic events in the Pierre Cardin boat, Maxim’s (see post) and brings always nice memories, The pic looks out to the Palais Chaillot! It is also, the base for the Seine boat ride of Vedettes de Paris, webpage:

Paris port suffren to palais chaillot

The Grand Palais is located on the edge of the Champs-Élysées, separated by Avenue Winston-Churchill, in the 8éme arrondissement. The “Grand Palais des Beaux-Arts” was built in Paris from 1897, for the Universal Exhibition scheduled from April 15 to November 12, 1900 , The main vessel, nearly 240 meters long, consists of a imposing space surmounted by a large glass roof. The slightly lowered barrel vault of the north and south naves and the cross nave (paddock), the pendentive cupola and the dome weigh approximately 8,500 tons of steel, iron and glass. The total weight of metal used reached 9,057 tons The summit of this set culminates at an altitude of 45 meters. The Grand Palais, is closed until the spring of 2023, in order to carry out a larger renovation before 2024, the date on which the fencing events of the Paris Olympic Games are to take place there. The initial project for the Grand Palais, deemed too expensive and poorly suited to current ecological and health requirements, has been abandoned in favor of a more modest and more classic renovation. The Grand Palais now is planned for the Paris Olympic Games for the nave and the galleries and for spring 2025 for the rest of the works, During the construction period, a temporary structure was built on the Champ-de-Mars to host major events, this structure also being used for the Olympic Games. This “ephemeral Grand Palais”, was inaugurated in early 2021.


The official Grand Palais

The Hôtel de Ville de Paris or City Hall, is the building that has housed the municipal institutions of Paris since 1357. It is located Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville, in the 4éme arrondissement part now of Paris Centre. The main facade, 143 meters long and 18.80 meters high (26.80 meters for that of the corner pavilions and 50 meters for the campanile), includes a central avant-corps corresponding to the old monument built under the Renaissance.  The Hôtel de Ville can be visited free of charge after prior registration with the public relations department of the City of Paris. The spaces offered for viewing are all the reception rooms (Arcades rooms, Jean-Paul Laurens room, Bertrand room and party room), the main staircase and the Paris Council room. The Pic from the Quai aux Fleurs , notice the bronze equestrian statue of Etienne Marcel provost of merchants from 1354 to 1358, The statue was inaugurated in 1888.

Paris hotel de ville across seine

The city of Paris what to do

The Quai André-Citroën is located along the Seine, left bank, in the 15éme arrondissement, The quay is extended, by the Quai de Grenelle, from the Pont de Grenelle and, to the Quai d’Issy-les-Moulineaux, from the Pont du Garigliano. Between the two, the Pont Mirabeau bridge also overlooks the quay. The entire quay, on the Seine side, is occupied by the port of Javel. It takes over from the Pont de Mirabeau to the Quai André Citroën to the Eiffel Tower! As my pic ! Some nice things to see driving or walking are between the bridges of Grenelle and Mirabeau, the port of Javel Haut is home to the Yachts of Paris-Ouest which is composed of the La Barge Liberty, at the foot of the Statue of Liberty, with a view of the Eiffel Tower, The Front-de-Seine is an area of ​​Paris, located just downstream from the Eiffel Tower. It includes one of the largest concentrations of high-rise buildings in the city. And the Beaugrenelle shopping center with an area of ​​45,000 m2 of shops and leisure, 110 brands, a department store, restaurants and a multiplex. Located in Front-de-Seine Javel train station on the Invalides line, The nice parc André-Citroën park , a public garden ,located on the grounds of the former Citroën factory, in the Javel quartier or neighborhood. It is an SNCF station served by trains on RER C line.

Paris driving quai andre citroen to eiffel tower

The Paris tourist office on the parc André Citroën

The Eiffel Tower is a 330 meter high wrought iron tower (with antennas) located at the northwest end of the Parc du Champ-de-Mars along the Seine in the 7éme arrondissement. Its official address is 5, avenue Anatole-France, Paris. Plenty in my blog on it, and the pictures are from my visit in 1990 from it to the city of Paris. Enjoy it as I did finding them!!  On March 15, 2022, a new antenna compatible with the DAB+ network is installed by helicopter at the top of the tower, thus increasing it from 324  to 330 meters high!


The official Tour Eiffel :

Pigalle is the name of a quartier or neighborhood of Paris, located around Place Pigalle, it includes the streets located on both sides of boulevards de Clichy and Marguerite-de-Rochechouart, and spans the 9éme and 18éme arrondissements. It grew with a few more sex shops and specialty bars, nightclubs, the famous cabarets, the multicolored and neon signs that give the image of a red-light district. The history of Pigalle, as a red-light district, began in 1881 with the opening, in premises previously occupied by a post office, of the cabaret Le Chat noir de Salis located at the current 84, boulevard Marguerite-de- Rochechouart where Aristide Bruant worked. Pigalle’s golden age was between the 1930s and 1960s , From the beginning of the 1970s, with the liberation of morals, the first pornographic cinemas were set up, sex shops multiplied as well as sex salons. massages, and the first live-shows appear, in which couples make love in public.

Paris pigalle sexodrome

Paris pigalle sex shops

The Paris tourist office on the quartier or neighborhood of Pigalle :

There you go folks, a walk of nostalgia from my very earlier trips to my eternal Paris. The wonders of Paris, the most beautiful city in the world, I say, that still rings a bell to my ears on each stretch of meter I take on this world. Hope you enjoy the post curiosities of Paris, part III, as I reviving these old pictures into the life of my blog.

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

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