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5 things that you didn’t know about the Place de la République

The Place de la République is a square which is in the center of all attention. Trying to understand why, I discovered its history in order to know a little bit more about the past of this central place in Paris that you can’t get around. 1) It was named ‘Château d’eau’ (water tower) square until 1879. This place didn’t always have such an importance. At first, it was only a place of promenade and divertissement situated between Saint-Martin boulevard and the two streets Temple and  ...

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The Birth of Parisians Restaurants

Parisian restaurants appear to be inseparable from the life in Paris. And yet, as we know them nowadays, they were created already at the end of the XVIII century. So, let’s discover the history of the invention of the restaurant… Before restaurants (as we know them today) were created many places for eating outside already existed because only a few Parisians did have a kitchen at home. Those places were organised into small communities which were regulated by very strict laws about what  ...

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7 things you can’t expect about the Pont Neuf

Less eccentric than his neighbours such as the Pont Alexandre III (Alexander III bridge)  or the Pont des Arts (“bridge of Arts”), the Pont Neuf (“new bridge”) still has some secrets. Here is nine of them. 1) Be careful of the name. Despite of his name, the Pont Neuf is the oldest bridge of Paris. However, he was well named when he was built, during the end of the XVI century and the beginning of the XVII century. At those times, it was the most innovative bridge. It was the first bridge to  ...

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Discover the history of La Gaîté Lyrique with an interactive web documentary

How to tell you the crazy history of La Gaîté Lyrique old theater ? This is the question I asked to myself when I knew that I had the chance to present in this place one of my projects during the Créart’up festival in Paris. La Gaîté Lyrique is a very surprising place. Nowadays dedicated to numerical cultures this theater from the XIX century had several lives in one. When I started to work on this subject with the help of Régis Grima, an architect of the patrimonial which has worked on the  ...

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