Cour de Rohan

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In context : Odeon and Saint-Germain : welcome to Paris showpieces

(From : Dupuytren Museum). Take de l'Ecole-de-Médecine street as if going down to Saint-Germain boulevard, but turn left into the small Antoine-Dubois street. Cross Monsieur-le-Prince street then take Casimir-Delavigne street up to the Place de l'Odéon. Take de l'Odéon street, opposite the theater, to go back to Saint-Germain boulevard near Odéon subway station, where you're bound to see a lot of people, both tourists and parisians. Head to Danton street, but don't take it. Turn left instead into de l'Eperon street, then immediatly left again into du Jardinet street which will end at the Cour de Rohan.

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The place

Actually a succession of three little courtyards, the Cour de Rohan (the name is derived from the French city of Rouen, because of the proximity of the Hôtel de l'Archevèque de Rouen) is a rather isolated place in an otherwise teeming with life neighbourhood. Access is only possible through the Cour du Commerce-Saint-André or through du Jardinet street.

In the first courtyard (starting from du Jardinet street), you'll find a well with a gargoyle-decorated edge and a pulley. In the second one, you'll be able to see a "pas-de-mule", the last remaining in Paris, which is a wrought iron mounting-block used at the time by the elderly and the ladies to get on their horses. Finally, there is a fragment of the Philippe-Auguste fortification (end of the XIIth century - beginning of the XIIIth) in the third courtyard.

The whole cour de Rohan is a very charming and relatively less known spot.

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