Mapping Out Paris
Mapping Out Paris
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Monday, November 14, 2005
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Dear Parler Paris Reader,
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
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.
Aa la prochaine…
P.S. French Property Insider staff found the 17th-century one bedroom pied-à-terre on
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