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The bustling centre of Paris is an integral part of the history of France. The Louvre, now among the largest museums in the world, was also a royal palace. This explains the particular architectural rhythm of the arches of the Rue de Rivoli, echoing the regularity of the beat of the court’s horses passing by!
From the sumptuous Paris City Hall to the Gothic Tour Saint-Jacques – the recently renovated tower which is the starting point for the pilgrimage to Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle – up to the Place de la Concorde, the Rue de Rivoli follows the historical axis of Paris. It links the Louvre to the Château de Saint-Germain and has structured a good share of the city’s urban planning since the 16th century.
It is dotted with numerous monuments: an equestrian statue of Louis XIV at the Cour Napoléon, both the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and the Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile, as well as the obelisk at the Place de la Concorde. The Pyramid at the Louvre designed by the architect Pei and the Arche de la Défense are newer monuments on this list.
The metro line 1, the most utilised subway line in the world, follows the street’s straight path.
Along this street that evokes so many different feelings, you’ll find, pell-mell, the Bazar de l'Hôtel de Ville (BHV); the Louvre and its numerous rooms retracing the history of art from antiquity to the present (and the Mona Lisa will smile at you); the National Museum of Modern Art at the Centre Pompidou, a post-modern building designed by Piano and Rogers; the les Halles shopping complex, continuously under construction; a bit further, the legendary jazz clubs, the Baiser Salé, the Duc des Lombards or the Sunset; the Palais-Royal and its gardens as well as Buren’s columns in the inner courtyard; Place Vendôme and its famous jewellery boutiques; the Comédie-Française, which you absolutely must visit; and the Tuileries Garden, which deserves a visit, as well as the art exhibits that are featured within it.
Strolling down the Rue de Rivoli and the Rue Saint-Honoré is like walking through the history of Paris. It also involves passing by the classics of French gastronomy, such as Guy Martin’s Grand Véfour, Thierry Marx’s Sur Mesure, Alain Dutournier’s Carré des Feuillants or le Crillon. Other hotels waiting to be discovered are le Fumoir, le Baudelaire or le Dali. The Louvre-Rivoli district is the beating heart of the capital, Paris in all its intimacy.
- City Hall
- The Louvre
- Cour Napoléon
- Comédie Française
- Place Vendôme
- Tuileries Garden
- Place de la Concorde
- Centre Georges-Pompidou