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  Facade on place du Caire.
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  • Facade on place du Caire. - Paris
      Facade on place du Caire.
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  • Close up on the heads of Hathor. - Paris
      Close up on the heads of Hathor.
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      Mister Bouginier.......
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  • Part of the gallery's elaborate glasswork. - Paris
      Part of the gallery's elaborate glasswork.
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  • Passage du Caire, 75002. - Paris
 

The passage du Caire is Paris' oldest covered passage and is also its longest. Measuring around 360 metres in total, having 4 branches and was constructed in 1798 after Napoleons campaign in Egypt. The most striking thing about the passage is the facade giving onto the place du Caire. Ornamented by 3 heads of the goddess Hathor surmounted further by some lovely bas-reliefs. Up above, over the 5th floor can be seen a caricature of Bouginier, a painter, done by collegues mocking his nasal appendice. The passage these days is pretty run down and is used in the main by wholesalers from the rag-trade.

Nearest metro is Sentier.

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  • Updated May 30, 2011
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