A scavenger hunt in the past

Ruins, remains and other remnants of the history of Paris will be your companions throughout this promenade where an half of the stops are purposely hidden and has to be unlocked through riddle solving.

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What you will do

Let's journey into the past of the great city : we'll concentrate on places that bear the mark of big historical events. You'll see the remains of ancient walls, major or significant buildings, and other traces left in Paris by war, revolution and builders.

The itinerary won't follow a strict chronological order : we felt it would not work properly so instead we conceived one that can be done by foot or by bike, with enjoyment as our primary concern.

But we couldn't resist introducing some riddles by masking half of the stops (really, 2/3rd of intermediate stops), which can now be unlocked through observation and deduction, as good detectives of the past would do, wouldn't they ?

(Good to know : case is not important when typing the passwords or passphrases.)

Step by step
  • We'll start at Jean-Sans-Peur Tower (closest nearby subway stations are Etienne-Marcel or, a little further away, Les Halles, both on line 4), which partially leans over the wall of Philip II Augustus (as can be seen in the basement), a wall that was build more than two centuries before the tower. Following Etienne-Marcel street westbound, you'll get to Montmartre street. Look for an ancient plaque at the beginning of the street (say, the 50 first numbers), which features a crudely drawn map of the location of porte Montmartre. The street number where you found the plaque will unlock next stop. 1
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  • Exit Dauphine passageway through Dauphine street, which you will take southbound until de l'Ancienne-Comédie street. Here you're getting close to one of the most history-filled location of Paris, both in itself and by the historical significance of the talks that took place in it. Solve the riddle proposed in the Café Procope page to unlock next stop. 4
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  • Get to du Cardinal-Lemoine street and follow the direction of the subway station of the same name, then take Monge street on the left as if to go back to des Ecoles street. The Square Paul-Langevin is among the places - generally gardens - where architectural elements of now demolished structures were and still are kept. Another garden will be our next stop : to find it, first find the name of a XIXth-century painter written on a medallion at the Square Paul-Langevin. The medallion features a banner held by an angel child, greyed by the years. 6
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  • Our promenade has started back at the very end of the XIIth century, and has brought us through the XVIth, then the XVIIIth - during the French Revolution in particular - and finally the XIXth. Let's stay in the latter with the famous cannonball of the Hôtel de Sens - a remnant of the Trois Glorieuses. To get to it, simply follow des Célestins embankment westbound, turn right into du Fauconnier street then left into de l'Hôtel-de-Ville street. 8
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