Saturday, September 03, 2005

Cariatides (Caryatids) at Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin

In Greece, during the Vth and VIth century BC, it was apparently common to use women statues – called Caryatids (from Latin Caryatides and Greek Karutides), literally "maidens of Karuai", a region of Laconia in southern Greece - in place of plain columns as structural elements in a building. Alternatively men could also be used for this purpose – they were then called Atlante, after Atlas the Greek god - as you can precisely see on this photo that I did not take in Greece but in the 10th arrondissement of Paris! It shows a small piece of the Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin which was first erected in 1781, but was totally destroyed during La Commune and reconstructed in 1873. I have been surprised to find out that it now belongs to Michel Sardou, a famous French singer.


  1. C'est près du canal, je crois? Je serais là dans quatres semaines. Quelle chance!

  2. In fact no, not really. This theater is near the PORTE Saint Martin, whereas the Canal is further away to the east. Easy to go there though; I am sure you'll enyoy it (I will post a photo of the Canal soon).