Passage du Caire

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  • The big nose of Henri Bougenier

    Somewhere on the facade of 2, Place du Caire, hidden among the egyptian symbols, is a caricature of Henri Bougenier, a XIXth century painter, whose nose was... huge. Will you be able to find it ? Tip : get a high-zoom lens and look up. Many drawings of this big nose were made in Paris, probably after a quarrel, by fellow painters of Bougenier.

The place

Located in the heart of the Sentier (a cloth manufacturer district bordered west by du Sentier street, east by de Sébastopol boulevard, north by both Poissonnière and Bonne-Nouvelle boulevards and south by Réaumur street), The Passage du Caire is Paris longest passageway, as well as the oldest (1798). It is also quite thin. It was build with a rather low profile to keep rents at a reasonable level, and to attract cheap shops.

Its main interest is the exterior facade of its Place du Caire entrance, with its full set of egyptian symbols such as columns, hieroglyphs, and three heads of the goddess Hathor.

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  • Did you know ? From the "cour des miracles" to "bonne nouvelle" - The Place du Caire was one of the parisian "cour des (miracle's yard) of the XIXth century : a place where outlaws were meeting. Among them were fake beggars, who at night suddenly weren't blind, deaf or armless anymore. Hence the name "miracle's yard". The Place du Caire was of ill repute way before this and when it was cleaned up by the police for the first time in the XVIIth century, the residents, receiving the good news ("bonne nouvelle"), decided to give that name to the neighbourhood up north.
  • Opening hours - Monday to friday, 7am-6.30pm
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