Beaux-Arts and Pantheon

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The Beaux-Arts – A Walking Tour

This walking tour does not run past the Pantheon , but it is a fantastic tour. Rue Visconti leads to Rue Bonaparte, in which turn right. At no 14, on your left a little way down, is the entrance to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, establishes from 1820 in what was left of the 17th-century Couvent des-Augustins and the 18th-century Hotel Chimay, with new buildings being added during the 19th-century.

If there is an exhibition on, go in (there is no access to the building otherwise); the chapel, built 1617-19 by Philibert Delorme Pantheon in Paris(c1510-1570), is a masterpiece of Classical architecture, showing one of the first appearances of the three Classical orders.

Among the many illustrious people who have lived in Rue des Beaux-Arts, opposite the school, have been Charles de Montalembert (1810-1870) at no 3, Gerard de Nerval (1808-1855) at no 5 and Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), who died at no 13, then the Hotel d; Alsace; Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) liked to stay at the hotel during his Parisian sojourn. Retrace your steps to Rue Bonaparte and keep going until you reach Place St-Germain-des-Pres; turn right into Rue Guillaume-Apollinaire and right again into Rue St-Benoit, where you will find some pleasant, lively restaurants.

Turn left into Rue Jacob, where there are interesting hotels at nos 52 and 56. At the bottom, turn right into rue des Sts-Peres; before the Revolution Mme de Recamier (1777-1849) lived in the hotel at no 13. Then the first turning to the left, rue de Verneuil, effectively to leave St Germain-des-Pres for Faubourg St- Germain. This residential Paris street was developed in the 17th-century, like most of that Faubourg. At the first house on the left lived and died the singer Serge Gainsbourg (1928-1991), who came yo symbolize an entire generation in the 1960s-80s. The second street you pass, Rue de Beaune, is full of art galleries and antiques shops, and is worth a detour. Back on Rue de Verneuil, the last hotel on the left (no 36) was d’ Pantheon ’s house – Dumas’s hero as based on a real musketeer. At no 53 is the new Centre National des Lettres (with a good café), installed in part of the 18th-century Hotel d’ Avejean.

Continue along the street to Rue Poitiers, at the end. Facing you at no 12 is the 18th-century Hotel de Poulry, now the club for the old boys of the Ecole Politechnique. Turn right, then left at the bottom into Rue de Lille; on the other side is the southern wall of the old Orsay railway station, now the Musee d’ Orsay; or, to reach museum piazza and RER station Musee-d’Orsay; or, to reach metro solferino, continue along Rue de Lille and turn left up Rue de Solferino.

You can connect this walk with the Faubourg St-Germain walk, missing the first bit, which is on the other side of the river.

Aside from the Pantheon , a little walk

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Aside from the Pantheon , this is a nice little walk that will let you see some lesser known Paris Attractions.

Le Palais Galliera

When you leave the museum you see, facing you on the other side of Avenue du President-Wilson, the Italian Renaissance-like Palais Galliera, built in the last quarter of the 19th century by Leon Ginain (1825-1898) for the Duchess Galliera, who wanted it as a home for her collection of the 17th-century Italian Art, which she intended to bequeath to the French nation. In the end she gave teh collection to Genoa and the empty palais to France. Since 1977 the palais, which has a lovely little garden, has housed the Musee de la Mode et d Costume (Fashion and Costume), whose core collection comes from Carnavalet. Due to problems of conservation, it holds only temporary exhibitions.

Chinoiseries – Again, this is no Pantheon or Arc de Triomphe

Carry on up the avenue, staying on the same side as the Musee Galliera, unti you reach Place d’ Iena. At the centre of the place is an equestrian statue of George Washington (1732-1799) done in 1900 by two US sculptors called French and Potter, and given to the city by the Society of the Daughters of the Revolution. Go right around the place, crossing Avenue Pierre-1er-de-Serbie and Avenue d’Iena.

At the angle of Avenue d’Iena and Rue Boissiere is the Musee National des Arts Asian antiques, or Musee Guimet, founded by Emile Guimet (1836-1918), a 19th-century businessman with a passion of teh Orient. Though teh building has no architectural value, teh museum is an unalloyed pleasure. Completely restored and reorganized-chronologically and by nations-in 1983, it now contains one of the largest collections of its kind in the world. Especially remarkable is the Khmer collection on the ground floor-the largest ensemble outside Kampuchea,a nd including the stunning 10th-century peidement from the Bantey Srey temple-and there are rooms devoted to the esoteric arts of Nepal and Tibet (among the world’s finest such collections, with some 70 paintings and 30 illuminated manuscript), India, China and Japan.

Leaving teh museum, cross Rue de Longchamps and Avenue du President-Wilson. At the corner of Avenues d’Iena and du President -Wilson is the Conseil Economique et Social (Social Economic Council) building, designed by Auguste Perrret (1874-1954) in 1936 and an architectural landmark for its unequivocal and unashamed use of concrete-no decoration, just raw material.

Carry on up Avenue du President-Wilson until you reach Place du Tocadero-et-du-11-Novembre, established at the top of the Chaillot hill in 1869. On your left, with a superb view oveer the river, is the Palais de Chaillot, teh third of our great 1930s buildings on the hill and another for which Le Corbusier failed to get the commission.

The wall straight ahead is that of the Cimetiere de Passy,w hose entrance is in the small Rue du Commandant-Schloesing, off Avenue Paul-Doumer. Among those buried there are teh artist Edouard Manet (1832-1883) and Berthe Morisot (1841-1895), the writer Octave Mirbeau (1850-1917) and teh composers Gabriel Faure (1854-1924) and Claude Debussy (1862-1918). The place sees the intersection of four other avenues, also opened during the 1800s, and there are a couple of agreeable cafes.

Your Paris walk ends here, at metro Trocadero, although instead you could connect from here to see other attractions with the Trocadero, Tour Eiffel and Invalides walk. If you still want to see the lovely Pantheon , it’s on the other side of town, so you will need to hop in a taxi.

Cannot miss

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If you are visiting Paris to soak in its history/architecture you must not miss the Pantheon . Need I say more? If you see it first you will compare it to everything else. If you see it last you’ll say, “There’s nothing like this in Paris!”

Strongly Recommend

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I strongly recommend all the readers to visit The Pantheon during your stay in Paris. Its an absolute treat to your eyes.brilliant sculptures and the breathtaking architecture inside.


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Great sights, great sounds. Recommend