Mapping Out Paris


The Plan de Turgot of 1730

Mapping Out Paris

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Monday, November 14, 2005
Paris, France

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Dear Parler Paris Reader,

The line to enter the photographer Willy Ronis’ retrospective at the Hôtel de Ville Saturday afternoon was a long way round the corner and half way down the Parvis de l’Hôtel de Ville where they have begun to erect the annual ice skating rink. In yesterday’s New York Times, Alan Riding’s article “Riots? What Riots? A Nostalgic Look at the City of Light” takes a close look at this important exhibit (on until February 18th) of 190 photographs taken between the 1930′s and 1960′s. He writes, “Even before the recent wave of violence in down-at-the-heel Paris suburbs, the large crowds visiting the exhibition suggested Parisians were receptive to some nostalgia.”

As a passionate “photophile,” I disappointedly decided to forego the long wait and hope for a free moment mid week when entry would be swifter. Luckily for those of us who yearn for Paris nostalgia, just a few blocks away, is yet another exhibit to get your historical senses reeling. It happens to be just opposite a pied-à-terre one of our conference attendees just purchased on rue Vieille du Temple at the corner of rue Barbette in the Marais at the Hôtel de Rohan, the
Musée d’Histoire de France – Archives Nationales (number 87).

Here there are displayed detailed maps and documents created by Michel-Etienne Turgot, the Chief Merchant (Mayor) of Paris of 1734 — “Paris 1730 d’après le Plan de Turgot,” organized by the Centre Historique des Archives Nationales and the Réunion des Musées Nationaux (on until January 9th, 2006, open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., closed Tuesday and holidays, entrance is 3 euros and you receive a very informative guidebook [in French] upon entry.).

It is simply thrilling to see one’s own “petite maison” on a map almost three hundred years old — I found mine quite quickly. Another visitor standing next to me closely ogling one of the detailed and beautifully illustrated maps was as excited as I was — and we found ourselves pointing out our personal residences to each other. One could easily see the curve of the entry wall of the Hôtel de Rohan and the newly purchased apartment in the building across the street. The perspectives are not the traditional north at the top, south at the bottom, west on the left and east on the right. Instead, the layout provides a completely different perspective one might have of Paris and remains of the 12th/13th-century wall built by Philippe-Auguste are quite evident.

To get a perspective on how things have changed, or remained the same, Google Earth zeros you in to an aerial view. Got to http://earth.google.com/ and have fun spotting your “petite maison!”

How amazingly Paris is still Paris.

Editor’s Note: The Hôtel de Rohan was built in 1705 on the initiative of the Cardinal Arman-Gaston-Maximilien de Rohan, bishop of Strasbourg, “Chapelain of France,” construction was managed by Pierre-Alexis Delamair that Armand Gaston recommended to his parents for the construction of the Soubise Palate. The interior decoration dates from the second occupant of the hotel, Armand de Rohan, cardinal of Soubise in 1747 and grandson of Hercules-Mériadec de Rohan. Louis-Constantin de Rohan-Montbazon (1697 – 1779) succeeds to him in the place, then Louis-Rene-Edouard de Rohan (1734 – 1803), Ambassador and Chaplain of France, which compromises itself in the famous “affair of the queen’s collar. (http://www.chateaux-france.com/hotelderohan.en/)

Aa la prochaine…


 

 

 



Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris
Email [email protected]

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