Thursday, September 24, 2009
A tribute to Haussmann
It's interesting to read about the Paris architecture. The city did not change much until mid 1800, when Napoleon the 3rd committed the Baron Haussmann to turn the city into a modern one. You may have read how he took down thousands of dwellings from the middle ages and replaced them with brand new ones (I live in one of those, which is no longer "brand new", let me tell you!) and forged new streets running east and west, north and south.The 9th arrondissement (well, what became the 9th arrondissement, for before Haussmann there were no such things as arrondissements), was the up and coming place at that time. That is were I took this photo (rue Victor Massé), which is not a typical Haussmanian building, but still very beautiful with its nice carvings. Read this (it's in English) if you want to know more, it's really interesting.