Hidden in Plain Sight: Treasures of the Third Arrondissement

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Hidden in Plain Sight: Treasures of the Third Arrondissement
There are many good reasons for spending time in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris. A few of the things to see and do are the tried and true museums: The Musée des Arts et Métiers with its mechanical wonders; The Picasso museum with 5,000 pieces covering the scope of the artist’s work; the unique Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature containing exceptional installations of art highlighting the relationship between humans and animals. However, if you want to make the most of the August weather as it slowly starts to cool down, and you feel happier outside than in, here are a few plein air gems you can see in the area south of Rue Réamur hiding in plain sight. But first you have to get to the marvelous Marais. When the train on line 11 of the Métro stops at the Arts et Métiers station, the doors open on what appears to be the inner workings of a steampunk submarine. Looking like Jules Verne’s Nautilus, the platform features riveted copper panels, plus gears, cogs, pulleys and authentic looking portholes containing apparatuses similar to those exhibited at the Musée des Arts et Métiers above. This unique station was designed in 1994 by a Belgian comic artist, known for illustrating the graphic novel Cities of the Fantastic. A total work of art, François Schuiten designed everything – from benches, to station signs to garbage bins –for the station’s total immersion in a Steampunk universe.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by David C Phillips (@photosbydcp) on Jun 25, 2020 at 9:35am PDT At street level, if you crane your neck up the façade of 57 rue de Turbigo, the thirty-foot Lighthouse Angel comes into view. This caryatid was designed in 1860 by an architecture student Emile-August Delange. He failed in his bid to design a lighthouse, but eight years later his design caught the eye of the architect of this Haussmann-style building who added Delange’s angel to the building’s façade. Heading in a southerly direction along rue de Turbigo or rue Saint-Martin you’ll pass the medieval gothic church of Saint-Nicolas des Champs. This church was erected in the parish in 1184 – its flamboyant Gothic style construction, covers the 12th, 15th and 17th centuries. Accessible at 254 rue Saint-Martin, an independent tour may be possible.
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Lead photo credit : Passage de l’Ancre. Photo © Hazel Smith

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A freelance writer and amateur historian, Hazel knew she wanted to focus on the lives of French artists and femme fatales after an epiphany at the Musée d'Orsay. A life-long learner, she is a recent graduate of Art History from the University of Toronto. Now she is searching for a real-life art history mystery to solve.

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  • Hazel Smith
    2020-09-08 12:49:31
    Hazel Smith
    Dr. Cameron, thank you for your compliments. I hope we can ALL return safely to Paris soon. Leonard Pitt's "Paris: A journey through time" is one of the books in my stockpile of good books about Paris. I will look into the "Walks Through Paris." Thanks again.

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  • Dr Iain Cameron
    2020-09-06 05:43:11
    Dr Iain Cameron
    Hi Hazel First apologies for in an early email I think I addressed it to Helen OOps!!!!!!! I would like to suggest that your readers may wish to read - Leonard Pitt's "Walks through lost Paris" and do some of his extremely will described walks. Especially number four "The Marais". I obtained my copy from Amazon some years ago. My wife and I have walked all of them and repeated many. Regards form Perth, Western Australia.

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  • Dr Iain Cameron
    2020-09-06 05:33:43
    Dr Iain Cameron
    Hi Helen I can not thank you enough for the article on the hidden treasures of the 3rd. My wife and I are seasoned travelers to this area of Paris. Each of the years 2007 to 2016 we rented an apartment in rue Saint Gilles. When this apartment was sold, we our rent one in rue Pierre Lescot and at both apartments we have usually stayed 6 to 8 weeks in June/August. However, this year and last we have broken this continuum first for health and then the virus. We are very familiar with the places mentioned. Reading your article has gone some way to give us a virtual holiday in the city and area we both love. I am very interested in this type of article that describes and discusses the history of places visited on our holidays. Nicholas Flamel is very familiar as we have very good friends who live there and who we miss seeing. Please keep the articles coming for this Paris starved Australian from Perth. We hope to see you in 2021 all being well. Very many kind regards to you and your family and we trust that you all keep safe and well through this most trying time.

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  • Barb
    2020-09-05 01:00:02
    Barb
    I live in Brisbane Australia currently our border between states is closed , I loved The article on the Marais it brought back so many wonderful memories of our stay there pre covid , we hope to go back sometime and catch up on some of the Sights that we missed that were mentioned in your article

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  • Jane Tollett
    2020-09-03 11:34:23
    Jane Tollett
    I Live in Australia but most years apart from this one we manage to spend some time in Paris. Whilst I do much walking & exploring the streets it seems that I have missed some amazing gems.. but will make amends next time.. Thanks Hazel

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  • Lilianne Milgrom
    2020-09-03 09:42:54
    Lilianne Milgrom
    So charming. Thank you for a virtual tour of a neighborhood I sorely miss!

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  • Cresen Grande
    2020-09-03 07:45:49
    Cresen Grande
    Greetings, Will you be able to publish more photos of Fishing Area in France? I've been there it's very relaxing when you see the river, flowing with crystal clear water. All the best, Cresen

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  • Janine Cortell
    2020-09-03 06:44:09
    Janine Cortell
    Fascinating. I have been to the 3rd arr. many times but have missed some of these gems. Next time..

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  • Joan Edgar
    2020-09-03 06:06:58
    Joan Edgar
    Many thanks, Hazel, for your information on these hidden places in the 3rd. I visit Paris every year, always stay in the 4th, and yet never have gone to explore these nearby streets! I have just put them on my list for next time. Thank you!

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  • Penney Stone
    2020-08-31 06:38:21
    Penney Stone
    Merci, Hazel!!! Your selections are delicious! Such a fabulous tour!!

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  • Marilyn Brouwer
    2020-08-31 01:18:45
    Marilyn Brouwer
    Thanks Hazel, Despite walking often through Le Marais, I confess to being unaware of many of these treasures you have pointed out. I will have no excuses on my next trip to Paris. Enlightening as ever.

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