About a month ago I made a post about some traces of the Philippe Auguste wall found in an underground parking, Rue Mazarine, and also inside a showroom, Cours de Commerce St. André.
I repeat that the Philippe Aguste wall, built around 1200, was one of a number of walls surrounding the ever bigger Paris (see previous post). The best visibility of a large part of the wall is obviously along Rue des Jardins St. Paul (see previous post).
During a recent walk in the Marais area, I discovered, in a backyard, Rue des Rosiers (see previous post), another trace. Here the stones of the wall have been covered, but just behind is a part where the stones are still visible (see top photo). It’s planned that this space will be open to public one of these days, but for the moment you have to push a door. I repeat also that the Rue des Rosiers got its name from roses covering the wall when the street was opened soon after the wall construction.
On my way home, I made a new visit (see previous post) to the nearby “Crédit Municipal de Paris”, a bank and also the local major pawn-shop, 55 rue des Francs Bourgeois, where the wall also passed. Nothing is left here but there is a stone-paved “line” which indicates where it once stood (the three persons on the photo are just crossing it). A gate to the neighbour courtyard was exceptionally open and I could there find a more evident trace - one of the wall towers.
It serves as basement for a higher brick tower which obviously dates from 1885 (some reinforcement work and plates indicate this date). I was able to take some photos before I was kindly asked to leave the area.
This part of the Marais is one of the few areas of the old Paris which was not remodelled by Haussmann during the 19th century. I think it’s interesting to see how thanks to “Google Earth”, you can rather well see how the buildings constructed during the following centuries have somehow followed the trace of the wall. It’s obvious that to a large extent the old wall is today incorporated in the later constructed buildings. I will look for further traces.
I wish you a nice weekend! .... and please note that there are two extra posts here above!