Headquarters of the French Communist Party

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In context : At the hills of eastern Paris : Belleville and Buttes-Chaumont

We begin at du Colonel Fabien square (subway station line 2), right in front of the Communist Party's building.

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  • The former water reservoir of Belleville

    Look for it by taking Claude-Vellefaux street from du Colonel-Fabien square. Tip : you'll see it from the street before the latter curves itself. Look carefully, for the reservoir is a very very very low building.

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The place

This beautiful S-shaped contemporary building is the work of famous Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer (1907-2012) and was finished in 1980.

It should be noted that the Place du Colonel-Fabien shares the same initials as the French name of the owner of the building, the Parti Communiste Français (French Communist Party), which now, being faced with some financial trouble, rents part of the building to third parties, including private, sometimes not very communist in spirit, shows.

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  • The weird museum of Saint-Louis Hospital - Close by, at the Saint-Louis Hospital on Claude-Vellefaux avenue, you'll be able to see for as cheap as 4 euros (monday to friday by appointement only) the peculiar Museum of Dermatological Molds. Be warned that you'll need also, however, to have the stomach for it : as the name implies, this is a museum devoted to skin diseases and afflictions.
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