Boulevard Saint Germain
Parisian artistic meeting place of the 20th century
Saint Germain Boulevard
The name of this boulevard derives from the Saint-Germain-des-Prés Abbey, one of the oldest Parisian churches, founded in the year 543.
The nave of the church is one of the last remaining vestiges of Norman art in Paris.
What to see on the Boulevard de Saint-Germain
For several years, Important artists such as Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus and Picasso strolled along Boulevard Saint-Germain before sitting in its most famous cafés, the mythical Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots.
La Rhumerie is also here, where Antonin Artaud was a regular customer.
Going through it we also find hotels, art galleries, antique shops and bookstores.
Cour du Commerce-Saint-André
At 130 Boulevard de Saint-Germain you find a portal to the past. It is a pedestrian passage that remains authentic to the Paris of 1734.
Along its ancient cobblestone streets you will find historic restaurants and cafes such as Le Procope, a bistro founded in 1686 and still popular with Parisians and visitors alike.
At number 9 of the Cour du Commerce, lived the German engineer Tobias Schmidt, who improved a guillotine prototype until it was perfect, first making use of sheep and later on corpses obtained from the Paris morgue. So it is said that it was in this street where the guillotine was born.
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How to get
Metro Saint-Germain-des-Prés line 4 and Odeon Line 4 or 10
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