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La Rue Mouffetard

rue mouffetard

Metro : Cardinal Lemoine, Place Monge, Censier Daubenton. 5ème arrondissement.

One of Paris’ most picturesque streets, perpetually lively, rue Mouffetard is reputed for its ancient boutiques, amongst which one can find La Bonne Source, claiming to have existed since 1522. Between two porte-cocheres the intimate passages and marks of yesteryear evoke the life of a 19th century merchant’s lane. The numerous stores as well as one of Paris’ most highly regarded markets are scattered between the many restaurants, bars and cafés. A small fountain dating from Roman times in honour of Marie de Médicis still exists at the corner of la rue du Pot-de-Fer. A little further on, the restaurant le Vieux Chêne is more than 100 years old. The Eglise Saint-Médard is found at the end of the street, construction of the Renaissance building having spanned two centuries.

Arènes de Lutèce - Metro Monge or Jussieu. Au croisement de la rue Navarre et de la rue des Arènes.

The Arènes de Lutice were probably constructed before 200BC and in their time could hold more than 15000 spectators. Parisians pillaged the cut stones of the Arenas during the Middle Ages to construct homes and a good portion of the Eglise Saint-Etienne as well. The Arenas were then forgotten for many centuries until 1870, when Haussmanien renovations tore up the rue Monge. Today the Arenas are used for open-air spectacles, new seats having been added recently.

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