Covered passages of Paris with Taisir
Description de l'expérience
Passages of Choiseul, Colbert, Vivienne, des Panoramas, Jouffroy and Verdeau :
The covered passages of Paris were mostly built in the first half of the 19th century in order to stroll while visiting the shops and to be sheltered from bad weather, mud and anarchic traffic of the street.
Before the transformations of Paris, carried out by the Governor Haussmann, under Napoleon III, between 1852-1870, most of the streets of the city were muddy, dirt (without cobblestones) and without sidewalks.
Before the 1850s there were about 150 covered passages in Paris, but this number drastically decreased after the Haussmannian renovation of the city. Nowadays there are only a few dozen of them, and they are all on the right bank of the Seine River.
These covered passages have common characteristics: they are pedestrian, lined with small shops, covered with glass-ceilings, nicely ornamented and artificially illuminated at night (initially with gas lamps). They house restaurants, bookstores, jewelry stores, clothing stores and art galleries.
Ce qui rend l'expérience unique
Far from the usual tourist attractions of Paris, this unusual visit allows you to discover the daily life of Parisians during one of the important phases of its urban, social and economic evolution, at the beginning of the 19th century and before the great Hausmanian transformation of the city in the second half of this same century.