16.7.10

Square Georges Cain

Rue Payenne in the Marais you can find the Swedish Institute - a 16th century private mansion, Hôtel de Marles, transformed during the centuries and especially brought back in good shape as from 1965 when it was bought by the Swedish State.

Facing it is a small park, Square Georges Cain, open to public since 1931. It got its name from a former conservator of the nearby Carnavalet Museum, dedicated to the history of Paris (see previous post).

The square is perhaps especially notable for being an archaeological depository of the Carnavalet Museum, with some treasures from destroyed buildings and monuments, including from the disappeared Tuileiries Palace (see previous post 1, 2,3) and the original Town Hall (see previous posts).
In the middle of the square stands a statue, called “Ile de France”, by Maillol (see previous post).
Immediate neighbour to the Square is another calm and peaceful little park, Square Léopold Achille.
I wish you a nice weekend!

20 comments:

Starman said...

I don't remember the parcs, but we did visit the SwedishMuseum. Have a great weekend.

joanny said...

Peter:

while I enjoy reading comments of others and I do, I like to read them after and give my first impression when I see the "movable feast" of photo's displayed here.

Rest my eyes you have found peace and beauty in this place.

Thanks for the eye candy.

any previous posts on the Swedish Museum?

Joanny

puddinglane said...

the statue surrounded with pretty crepescule coloured roses is a delight!
Dianne xx

V Rakesh said...

What I so absolutely love about the buildings in your picture are their architecture which is extremely tasteful and unique!

Do have a wonderful weekend!

Vagabonde said...

Every time I go to Paris I visit Place des Vosges (my bank is near) and I never knew about these squares. Maintenant la prochaine fois, j’irai les visiter. Merci de les avoir montrés.

Olivier said...

un tres beau square dans Paris

hpy said...

Le but d'une belle promenade.

Adam said...

Weren't there some rumours that the Swedish state were going to be selling up soon? It would be a shame.

These gardens are nice because they are 'far from the madding crowd' of the Marais!

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Hello Peter, have a wonderful weekend. I have been to this little square, found it when out walking one day.. love finding places like this . :-)

Simony said...

Looks like a peaceful place. Love the statue of the lady surrounded by roses!

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

Very nice work, Peter. I also liked the stained glass windows on your Bastille Day post.

Jeanie said...

Trying to get my bearings. I was very close to this, but quite sure I didn't see it. Must link back to your Carnavelet post. Loved that little museum!

Virginia said...
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Virginia said...

Oh Peter, tonight I was feeling a little homesick for Paris and wishing I was back in my little flat in the Marais. Now I see you've shared one of my favorite spots in all of Paris. I've been to Square Georges Cain several times and loved photographing it as well. It's a delightful and quiet corner of Paris. And right across the street from your Centre Culturel Suedois!
Merci,
V

claude said...

Ils sont charmants ces petites ou grands suares.
Ces espaces verts sont les poumons de la capitale, surtout pour les poumons des parisiens.

Ruth said...

Peter, I was so tickled when I saw this post come up on Google Reader yesterday. I spent a very calming hour in this square back in 2006, and I took some of my favorite photos in Paris there. Some were of a woman and her elderly mother, I believe she was, and how beautifully they related to each other. I had the statue in each photo, and they made me so happy. Oh, I have them in this Paris post:

http://paris-deconstructed.blogspot.com/2006/05/paired-up.html

Trotter said...
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Trotter said...

Le Marais is superb!!

Anonymous said...

I proposed to my wife many years ago in this little square after our visit to the Picasso museum. Nice to find it again.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/13392981@N03/5212300103/

Paris-Sharing said...

Lovely presentation of this secret hideaway in the Marais. One of my favorite spots, about which I also wrote (with a link to your blog):
http://www.paris-sharing.com/blog-en/paris-best-sandwiches/

There park around the corner is also worth a glance :
http://www.flickr.com/photos/parisharing/5135626627/