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This passage was opened in 1776 and leads from rue St. André des Arts to blvd. St. Germain. and built upon the ditch outside of Philippe Auguste"s wall. Since 1686, the café/restaurant "Le Procope" backs on to the passage, the oldest café in Paris. At no. 9 the Dr. Guillotin perfected his machine using sheep instead of humans (fortunately).Schmidt, a carpenter helping the good doctor to make his machine, finished by drinking himself to death when he found out the true nature of his work!!! Jean-Paul Marat, assassinated by Charlotte Corday in 1793, lived just around the corner and had his printers shop at no. 8. Literary critic and writer Saint-Beuve lived at no. 2. French revolutionaries Danton and Desmoulins lived in the part of the passage that was demolished when the blvd. St. Germain was pushed through by Haussmann.
Part of a tower of the Philippe Auguste wall can be seen through the window of no.4. The Cour de Rohan has access (if it's open!!)opposite the Procope.
Closest metro is Odeon.
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