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La Victoire de Samothrace, Unknown, 190 BC

The Passages couverts & the Nouvelle Athènes


19th century


Built around 1800s, the Passages couverts were lit by gas lamps, bordered with shops and provided shelter from the rain and the cold.

At one point there were around 150 of them.

Some popular ones include the :
- Galerie Vero-Dodat
- Galerie Vivienne
- Passage Choiseul
- Passage des Panoramas
- Passage Jouffroy
- Passage Verdeau
- Passage du Grand Cerf
- Passage Bourg-l'Abbé

The map below suggests an itinerary to cover most of them.

The 19th century was also an incredibly rich period of artistic creation in Paris.

Check out our walk : Favorites of the Musée d'Orsay to learn more about this.

The Opera Garnier was built as part of Haussmann's great transformations of Paris and introduced famous works by Rossini, Berlioz, Gounod, Verdi, Wagner...

The Boulevard des Italiens, just off the Opera. was one of the most fashionable boulevards in Paris, lined with cafés and theatres and immortalised by artists like Pissarro and Caillebotte.

The Rue de la Tour-des-Dames was a street full of townhouses owned by famous actors of the Comédie Française, such as Mademoiselle Mars, Mademoiselle Duchesnois and Talma.

The Square d'Orléans was home to many 19th century artists, including Chopin, George Sand and Alexandre Dumas.

The Place Saint Georges is a quiet square with two beautiful townhouses, one owned by famous courtesan La Paiva, another by the second French president Adolphe Thiers.

The Musée Gustave Moreau is a small intimate museum, stacked with the artist's work.

Finally the Musée de la Vie romantique, off the beaten track, is a beautiful townhouse which hosted George Sand, Chopin, Delacroix, Ingres, Lamartine, Liszt...