Rita Crane Photography: Paris / historic cafe / Le Marais / Eglise St. Gervais / right bank / night / architecture / Chez Julien, Paris
Once again I'm reposting for contacts who never saw this image, and because I miss Paris and can't prepare anything new to post this week. Chez Julien is a lovely place (in the Marais district) that was created from two former shops, a bar on the left and a patisserie on the right. In the background is an ancient medieval church, L'Eglise de St. Gervais. This little gem of a place is just off the Pont Louis Philippe, and a little bit to the east of the Hotel de Ville of Paris, near the quais.
It's a beautiful part of town on the Right Bank -- a historic area and originally part of the medieval Paris which was encircled by the historic wall of Philippe Auguste. (Philippe Auguste was the French king who built the original Louvre palace and fort that guarded the west entrance to ancient Paris.) There is another medieval building, the Hotel de Sens, just a few steps away from Eglise St. Gervais and Chez Julien that attests to the fine architecture of the middle ages. Finding this restaurant was like coming upon a little jewel, truly, with the fantastic old church standing grandly in the background. A mysterious, rich, and beautiful scene full of the mood of ancient days!! Behind me was the right quai of the Seine, then on across the river is the tip of the Ile St. Louis, next to that is Notre Dame on the Ile de la Cite. Truly the heart of Old Paris.
Here are links to information and historic maps of Paris ..... the part of Paris shown in this photo and some information about the ancient walls built between 1190 and 1210 around the medieval city.
Here is a link to a wonderful series of old maps of the historic center of Paris, showing the development around the Ile de la Cite and Ile St. Louis from the 1400's to the 1800's.