Street District

Molay's stake - ©The British Library / Public domain Molay's stake - ©The British Library / Public domain

A horrible smell of burnt flesh spread in all the Cité island. A black smoke, too. The monstrous yells of the prisoners under sentence of death stopped, fortunately. But their terrible curse still...

Caylus - ©Austrian National Library (ÖNB) • Henri III - ©The British Library / Public domain Caylus - ©Austrian National Library (ÖNB) • Henri III - ©The British Library / Public domain

King Henri III didn’t look very well, this morning of May 1578, while he was crossing the icy nave of Saint-Louis church in Le Marais district. He had hollow cheeks, glazed eyes. He wept all night...

Mesmerized patients, painting by C.-L. Desrais (1784) - ©Wellcome Library, London / CC-BY Mesmerized patients, painting by C.-L. Desrais (1784) - ©Wellcome Library, London / CC-BY

Fluid and escape in Paris At number 16 place Vendôme, look! Here’s the Serres town house. The famous Mesmer settled here in 1778! The doctor renowned for his magnetic tubs: the Parisian smart set...

The square - ©Jibi44 / CC-BY-SA The square - ©Jibi44 / CC-BY-SA

The executions’ square A sinister place We are here in Nantes’ oldest district, mentioned at the end of the 10th century, when count of Rennes Conan I, nicknamed le Tors (″the Twisted″) raised the...

The square - ©Fab5669 / CC-BY-SA The square - ©Fab5669 / CC-BY-SA

Shoo, vegetable plots! The Place d’Alliance is the 3d creation of king of Poland Stanislas and his architect architect Héré, after the place Royale and the place de la Carrière. Here, in the past...

The square - ©Berthold Werner / CC-BY-SA The square - ©Berthold Werner / CC-BY-SA

Hear ye, tournaments! The place was named place Neuve (″New Square″) in the reign of the duke of Lorraine Charles III. So, where did this name of Carrière (″manege″) come from? Because tournaments...

The square - ©Anecdotrip.com / CC-BY-NC-SA The square - ©Anecdotrip.com / CC-BY-NC-SA

Aaah, a quiet medieval square, with its half-timbered houses. Their façades are composed of two floors and a gable which was used to support the wooden framework’s main beam. The façade and the...

The square - ©Véronique PAGNIER / CC-BY-SA The square - ©Véronique PAGNIER / CC-BY-SA

The current place de l’Horloge ("Clock square") is the former place du Grand-Marché, magnum macellum in Latin, the "public butcher": the main city square in the Middle-Ages! The current square was...

Brune dragged in the river Rhône (H. Martin, 1867) - ©The British Library / Public domain Brune dragged in the river Rhône (H. Martin, 1867) - ©The British Library / Public domain

A quiet square The place Crillon was called, in the past, place de l’Oulle, from the old medieval gate, the porte de l’Oulle, destroyed in the 19th century. This old city fortified gate was named...

The square - ©Véronique PAGNIER / Public domain The square - ©Véronique PAGNIER / Public domain

Naughty Parpaille! A rebel The place Pie is closely link to the destiny of Jean-Perrinet Parpaille, in the 16th century. A strange guy, this Parpaille, who ended his life on the gallows! He was...


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