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"Ancient Street Signs" Top 5 Page for this destination Walking Around Tip by BeatChick

Walking Around, Paris: 155 reviews and 439 photos

  Rue Hautefeuille - old & new signs
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      Rue Tournefort v. Rue Neuve Ste-Geneviève
    by BeatChick

One of the things I found myself doing these past two trips was taking photos of old street signs in Paris. My favorites were the ones showing the old street names & the new ones or the ones where the old signs & the new signs were almost on top of one another. I especially like the old signs that were carved into the sides of the buildings.

Some of these aren't maybe ancient but are definitely old such as the Avenue Victor Hugo sign (16th arrondissement).

But some of the ancient signs include the ones for the "Ancienne rue des Fosses Monsieur-le-Prince" which was the old name, obviously, for rue Monsieur-le-Prince, which I believe used to continue to rue des Fosses St-Jacques, having the original name of rue des Fossez St-Jacques. This sign you'll see in the accompanying tip.

Of course, one of my favorites are the old & new signs for Rue St-Sulpice (ancient name: Rue du Petit Bourbon) & Rue de Seine (ancient name: Rue du Brave).

I've added 2 new signs, one for rue Haute-Feuille in the 6th arrondissement.

The other is for rue Tournefort which was previosuly named rue Neuve Ste-Geneviève. This was the name of the street when Victor Hugo wrote Les Miserables. The building on which I found the dual signs once housed the convent of the Benedictine nuns of the Holy Sacrament. Victor Hugo mentions this convent in his book, The Petit-Picpus, of his classic, Les Misérables, in contrast to the Bernardine-Benedictine nuns housed on the rue Petit-Picpus.

If you could gain entry to this building (I was lucky enough to have a passerby take me inside to show me) you could see the original heavy wooden door of the convent hanging as a centerpiece in the courtyard. Really cool and a lovely piece of history!

Photos: February 2006 & November 2007


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    Nov 17, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    By coincidence I am now reading Les Misérables and am in the middle of the chapters set in the convent at 62, rue Picpus. Nice to see it mentioned here.

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