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Grands Boulevards

Grands Boulevards

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Grands Boulevards is an area in Paris situated in close proximity to Opéra Garnier and Grands Boulevards metro station. The plural form is not a coincidence; these lavish avenues and boulevards all exemplify the Parisian style created by the Baron Haussmann, whose work completely changed the city’s allure during the second Napoleonic empire in what is now considered a primitive form of urbanism. The grand scale, transformative works saw Paris welcome wider avenues, numerous fountains, intricately ornate buildings, and plentiful green spaces. But Haussmann did not create those spaces out of thin air; most of the Grands Boulevards now stand on what used to be the Louis XIII wall, which explains their remarkable size, uncommon for Paris at the time. It’s unclear which streets are part of the Grands Boulevards denomination and what the credentials are; it would be logical to think that boulevards like Beaumarchais, Capucines, Filles-du-Calvaire, Montmartre, Madeleine, Temple, Saint-Martin, Bonne-Nouvelle, Poissonnière, and Italiens would qualify considering their respective style and history.

The Grand Boulevards area is also famous for being home to typically French department stores like Printemps and Galeries Lafayette, as well as most of the city’s major theatres and nightclubs.

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Paris, Ile-de-France, 75009

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Walk in the 2nd arrondissement

Walk in the 2nd arrondissement

Visit freed, discover crafty! With the Foxie app, get into a treasure hunt and solve puzzles that will take you to unusual places. Complete the course independently, play at any time and become part of your visit experience! - Discover the most characteristic streets, parks and monuments - Learn historical anecdotes - Enjoy a unique visit route The scenario: "Departing from the Place de la Bourse, set off to conquer the little secrets of the 2nd arrondissement of Paris ... The mysterious stories of this district, however so well known, will be revealed to you over the course of the ride. Grands Boulevards, let yourself be guided by our anecdotes which will make you discover this famous district as you never imagined! "
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