There are a number of department stores in Paris. I have already posted about some of them, more especially about “Le Bon Marché” and about Christmas decorations (not this year’s) at “Galeries Lafayette” and “Printemps”, as well as their glass domes, of which you can see the one at “Printemps” here. So far I have not written anything about other larger ones like e.g. “BHV” or the regretted “La Samaritaine” – closed since 2005. Most of these stores have a long history and were founded during the 19th century. “Le Bon Marché” dates from 1838 and competes (with one at Newcastle-upon-Tyne) about being the oldest in the world.
Today’s post is about the partly newly renovated facade and rotundas of “Printemps”, said to have the largest beauty department in the world. It was founded in 1865, the glass dome dates from 1923. I showed you in a previous post the “false facade” that was put up during the renovation works.
There is a bar on the roof, from where you have a fabulous view, which I showed in a previous post. The top picture offers the view towards the Opera Garnier. Below you can see some day and night shots taken from the street.
The locations you see on the below map are the major sites of these department stores; some of them have branch stores elsewhere in the city.