6.2.14

Rue Sainte Anne


Rue Sainte Anne is basically an ordinary Paris city centre street.  Many of the buildings date from the 17th century, when the street was created. It was named after Queen Anne d’Autriche, mother of Louis XIV, already during her lifetime. (Of course the name changed briefly during the revolutionary years.)

Today, you will find a concentration of Japanese restaurants, bars, shops…


As often, you have to try to look behind the gates and the doors (whenever possible) to find the nicest places.


The street has also a number of other nice shops, art galleries and travel agencies…


Of course a number of illustrious people moved in here when the street was fairly new, including Louis XIV’s court preacher J-B Bossuet and ….

… Jean-Baptiste Lully (born in Florence as Gian Baptista Lulli) (1632-87), who became Louis XIV’s “superintendent for royal music” and later director of the “Académie Royale de Musique”, the royal opera, then situated in the nearby “Palais Royal”-complex, taking over the space which previously was occupied by Molière’s troop. This is the house which he afforded to construct with the help of a loan by Molière. Originally, its exterior was decorated with a lot of musical symbols. (I found some details of the original decoration on the net.) Lully is considered as one of the most imminent baroque composers. He died from gangrene, having stuck his foot by his conducting staff. He was buried in the nearby Notre-Dame-des-Victoires basilica (see previous post).



Here we can listen to some Lully music.


12 comments:

Starman said...

As usual, the photos are great and I love the music.

claude said...

Tu parles du bêtasse que je suis, j'étais restée branchée sur Janvier. Il faut vraiment que je te cours après, Peter, pour suivre ton blog.
Ce devait être super chouette l'an chinois avec toutes ces couleurs.
Beau cours d'histoire sur la rue Sainte Anne.
Quel plaisir d'écrire mon com sur la musique de Lulli. Le spectacle de nuit "les orges de feu" au Puy du Fou est sur cette musique, c'est grandiose.ep

claude said...

Je crois que j'ai trouvé une astuce pour tomber directement sur tes posts.

Jeanie said...

As always, a new discovery for me. So very charming! Thanks, Peter!

Nadege said...

I need to spend a good month is Paris to get familiar with the city again. (I had to delete my comment on the passage de Choiseul as I kept on receiving constant "anonymous" emails from him/her/them because I opted to be follow up comments. I just unsubscribed and it did the trick).

Linda said...

Such a lovely series of photos.

Thérèse said...

Une bien jolie facon de redecouvrir J.B. Lully.

sillygirl said...

I wish the video had shown more of the two cello-looking things.

Cergie said...

Le père de Louis XIV (et donc l'époux d'Anne d'Autriche) était Louis XIII, je ne sais si cela sert ton propos, mais quand il est arrivé à Paris Pat a travaillé rue Danielle Casanova dans ce quartier et son bureau avait des boiseries Louis XIII (donc du 17ème).

Alain said...

Pas beaucoup de circulation : les parisiens se promènent au milieu de la rue. La rue Saint Anne est proche de la rue Richelieu, ce n'est peut-être pas un hasard.

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Studio at the Farm said...

Wonderful post, Peter. I loved the Lully, and had visions of the Sun King strutting through his opulent courtiers. Thank you!