The Living Age Volume 203

The Living Age Volume 203

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...boulevard, where they are terminated by the Porte St. Denis and the Porte St. Martin respectively, he would get some idea of the look of Paris at the Revolution of 1789. The grand new Boulevard de Sebastopol, one of Haussmann's boldest and perhaps most useful creations, opens a vast thoroughfare between the old streets of St. Denis and St. Martin, and by diverting the traffic, has no doubt prevented or delayed their transformation. Hence these two streets, which date from the earliest age of the city, have partially retained their original lines, when they were country lanes through woods and meadows, and to some extent they keep their old sky-line and facade. There are corners in them still where the old street aspect of Paris may be seen almost intact. And the student of antiquities who cared to follow up the remnants of these mediseval thoroughfares in the spirit in which he explores the canals of Venice and the vicoli of Florence, who would trace back the history of St. Jacques and St. Merri, St. Len, St. Nicolas des Champs, the Place des Innocents, and the vast convent of St. Martin, all of which he would meet in his walk, would have a most suggestive insight into the mediaeval state of the city. And it would be well to add to the walk by following up such streets as those of Rue Vieille du Temple, Rue des Francs Bourgeois, and its collateral streets, with the Hotels Barbette, De Bethune, De Soubise, and Carnavalet, ending with the old Place Royale. A few days thus spent, with adequate histories such as those of Guilhermy, Fournier, Viollet1e-Duc, Dulaure, Hamerton, Lacroix, Hoffbaiier, or the popular guides of Miss Beale, Hare, or Joanne, would be rewarded by pleasure and instruction. To the thoughtful traveller the...
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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 27mm | 943g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123682654X
  • 9781236826541