A walk in Paris around Palais Royal and place des victoires

Walking around Palais-Royal garden, you’ll meet several smaller and more simple pedestrian passages than Galerie Vivienne or Galerie Colbert, like the tiny passage de Beaujolais, leading from rue Montpensier to rue Richelieu.

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Down on rue Richelieu, at it’s crossing with rue Molière stands a typical nineteenth century style monument, carved by Louis Visconti and dedicated to the most famous French play writer, the Fontaine Molière.

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Up rue Richelieu, the National Library is being renovated, and in front its upper floors wear a light veil.

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The courtyard is not under scaffolding, and if you go in, you can visit a photo exhibition called “Trinity, historical and political photos taken by Carl de Keyser between 1991 and 2007.

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And leaving the courtyard, you see a huge fountain across the street.

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The ” Fontaine des quatres Fleuves“, another work by Louis Visconti, looks even larger for it stands in the middle of a small garden, the square Louvois .

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Going back south, at the end of rue des Petits-Champs, you can’t miss king Louis XIV proudly riding a horse in the middle of place des Victoires.

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All around this circular place, and the streets leading to it, every step you make you meet a fashion shop window.

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Going down rue Croix des Petits-Champs, you will find the elegant Galerie Véro-Dodat, where the “Fetish” exhibition by David Lynch took place last fall.

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But on place des Victoires, you can also take the small and quiet rue Notre Dame des Victoires.

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Oddly enough, it is dedicated both to the Virgin and to (French) victorious battles. It looks a bit stern outside, but quite baroque inside.

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With side altars all glowing with candles.

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And looking up, you’ll see a small virgin statue above the shops of the houses built in front of the church.

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The latter is protecting a shop window filled with orchids.

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The place, though, is called place des Petits Pères, and from there, you can see Galerie Vivienne third entrance, on rue de la Banque.

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Bibliothèque Nationale site Richelieu, 58 rue de Richelieu 75002 Paris Métro Bourse. Temporary exhibition : Carl de Kayser, Trinity, up to April 13, everyday except Monday 10-19, Saturday 12 -19, price 7 euros.

Virtual visit on : www.bnf.fr/pages/presse/dossiers/keyzer.pdf

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