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Rue Saint Séverin, Paris

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Length  170 m (560 ft)
Arrondissement  5th arrondissement
Quarter  Sorbonne
Inaugurated  19 August 1864
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Width  10 m (33 ft) between the rue Saint-Jacques, Paris and rue de la Harpe, Paris; 12 m the remaining
From  12 rue Saint-Jacques and 18 rue du Petit Pont
To  3 boulevard Saint-Michel
Completion  Portion to the west of the rue de la Harpe opened in 1855.

The rue Saint-Séverin is a sometimes boisterous street running parallel to the river in the north of Paris' Latin Quarter. Lined with restaurants and souvenir shoppes, much of its commerce is dedicated to tourism.


Map of Rue Saint-S%C3%A9verin, 75005 Paris, France

Name Origin

One of Paris' oldest churches, the Église Saint-Séverin, lies midway along this street's length.


The rue Saint-Séverin is one of Paris' oldest streets, as it dates from its quarter's creation in the early 13th century. At first existing only between the rue de la Harpe and the rue Saint-Jacques, it was later extended westwards from the former street to join the Rue Saint-André-des-Arts. The rue Saint-Séverin reclaimed the remnants of the ancient rue du Macon upon the construction of the boulevard Saint-Michel from 1867, but from 1971 this isolated westward portion was renamed the Rue Francisque-Gay.

Former Names: Between the rue de la Harpe and the rue Saint-Jacques, this street was called the "rue Colin Pochet" in the 16th century.

Constructions of note

Odd Numbers.

  • 7, 9, 11 - Buildings dating from the 17th century.
  • 13 - Building still having its "name sign" that predated addresses - this one "Le Cygne de la Croix" (a play-on-words of "the sign of the Cross" and "The Swan on the Cross").
  • Even Numbers.

  • 4 - Engraving of streetname on building corner. "St" scratched away.
  • 6 - Alleyway existing (and already barricaded) in 1239.
  • 8 - Door and alleyway dating from the 16th century.
  • 20 - 17th-century "rotisserie" (grill).
  • 22 - 17th century hotel.
  • 24-26 - Street name engraved on building corners; the "St." on both was scratched away after the 1789 revolution.
  • 34 - Building dating from the 17th century. Remarkable doorway, arch engravings, courtyard and stairway (therein).
  • 36 - Building known as l'auberge de "l'Étoile" in 1660.
  • References

    Rue Saint-Séverin, Paris Wikipedia

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