The Javel of Paris !

Well here I found a good one in my vault! This is really an off the beaten path of Paris, but amazing I passed on train by here!  Glad I found the picture ,and can add it to my life’s history in my blog. I will tell you about the district, neighborhood of Javel of Paris !

The Javel neighborhood or quartier is the 60th administrative neighborhood , located in the 15éme district or arrondissement of Paris. If you read my blog, you know Paris is divided into 20 arrondissements or districts, the most commonly known to visitors ,but also, 80 quartiers or neighborhood (4 per district) that is how the Parisiens know each other.

The neighborhood or quartier as known today, was in the 15C, a place called “Javetz”. In the 18C and until the 20C, these places sometimes use the spelling “Javelle”.  The 20C standardization retained the Javel form. Before its attachment to the capital in 1860, it was an integral part of the village of Issy. Further javel is the French word for bleach.  It was in this neighborhood, in a chemical factory founded in 1777 by the Count of Artois (Charles X king of France and younger brother of Louis XVI) , that a disinfectant with sodium hypochlorite base (since known as eau de Javel or bleach) was researched by Claude Louis Berthollet and then produced. A History of Paris panel located on the Place de la Laïcité specifies these innovations.

The anecdote is that believe or not, I have rode the trains by here! The Javel station of the Invalides line in Versailles-Rive-Gauche! This is an SNCF station served by trains of the RER line C. On April 12, 1900, the line was opened in a trench along the Seine as soon as it entered Paris in order to eliminate all level crossings and four new intermediate stations were built on the occasion, including the current Javel station, named initially Pont Mirabeau. This building is since 1937 the only one remaining of those made for the extension of the Moulineaux line. The station later takes the name of Javel André-Citroën as today (due that gets you closer tot he parc André Citroën).

Paris javel metro train station

The Transilien SNCF on Javel

The port of Javel is located at the starts at the Pont de Grenelle and ends at the Pont du Garigliano. It measures 1460 meters and is divided into two parts by the Pont Mirabeau bridge, upper and lower. This port, formed in 1866, raised in 1896, owes its name to the vicinity of the quai de Javel, currently quai André-Citroën.

Some of the things you see here, and some worth the detour are:

The Georges-Pompidou hospital and large office buildings and television studios.  The headquarters of the National Printing Office, formerly rue de la Convention, was closed in 2005. At the same location are located various services of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.  In this district, we find the port of Javel, the rue de Javel, the Fontaine des Polypores, the Javel station of the RER line C and the metro stations Balard, Lourmel, Boucicaut, Félix Faure on the line 8) and Javel – André Citroën on line 10. The Saint-Christophe-de-Javel Church located on rue Saint-Christophe near the intersection with rue de la Convention. The Georgian Orthodox Parish of Saint-Nino of Paris, founded in 1929, is a parish which depends on the Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of France, also President of the Assembly of Orthodox Bishops of France.

The Paris tourist office on the 15éme arrondissement or district of Paris

There you go folks, another dandy spot in my eternal Paris. The area by the quays is very nice and indeed a great walk, away from the bussle and hussle of Paris center; you will love the real Paris daily routines. Hope you enjoy the post of Javel station as I

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

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2 Comments to “The Javel of Paris !”

  1. Is it clean? Does it smell of ‘eau de Javel’?

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