Paris...à pied, les yeux ouverts, le nez en l'air
ou l'architecture dans tous ses détails

BUS 68

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1 Place de Clichy - Pyramides



Place de Clichy - Porte d'Orléans

1 Place de Clichy - Pyramides

2 Pyramides - Sèvres Babylone

3 Sèvres Babylone - Porte d'Orléans

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Seeing everything (or almost) from aboard Bus 68


Until 1860 the Place de Clichy was at the city limits delineated by the wall of the “Fermiers Généraux” (tax gatherers) with its toll-gates designed by Ledoux in 1785. In the middle stands the monument (1868) to Marshall Moncey who defended the gates against the troops of the coalition which was to send Napoléon to Elba (30 March 1814). A painting by Horace Vernet (Louvre) and which is reproduced on the plinth captures the scene and clearly shows the Ledoux pavilion. On the north side stood the café "chez le père Lathuile" (1 avenue de Clichy) painted by Manet and the Café Guerbois (9 avenue de Clichy) a well-known meeting place for impressionist painters.







At what is now 54-68 rue de Clichy there used to be a debtors’ prison which was done away with in 1867.







Victor Hugo lived at 21 rue de Clichy in 1874 and n°28 was the home of Georges Enesco, the Romanian composer, between 1908 and 1955.




The Gaumont Palace occupied the site at the corner of bd. de Clichy and the rue Caulaincourt until it was demolished in 1972. It seated 6000 and was for a time the largest cinema in the world.


Rue Blanche goes through the Nouvelle Athènes area which was the heart of the romantic movement.



The Théatre des Pantins (puppets) opened at 6 rue Ballu in 1897. Its auditorium was decorated by the post-impressionists Bonnard, Vuillard and Roussel. The puppet-master was Alfred Jarry and it was here that he put on Ubu Roi (a precursor of Dada) in 1898. Berlioz lived at 43 rue Blanche.




Trinité Trinité




Trinité Trinité


Provence Mogador

Opéra Scribe






Chaussée d'Antin

Printemps was founded in 1865 and Galeries Lafayette in 1894.


Place and avenue de l'Opéra are the focal point of Haussmann's Paris created in the 1860s.

Opéra-Quatre Septembre



Petits Champs






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