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How many people passing by the busy street of rue de la Cossonnerie actually know there is an elephant head near Les Halles, Paris?

Where is the Elephant head near Les Halles?

Lift up your eyes at number 3 and you will discover a very beautiful elephant head which is arguably of Indian islamic style.

Elephant at number 3 rue de la Cossonnerie, Paris © French Moments
Elephant at number 3 rue de la Cossonnerie, Paris © French Moments

Situated in the 1st arrondissement the rue de la Cossonnerie is a very old street and dates back to the 12th century. ‘Cossonnerie’ derives from the French word ‘cosson’ which once designated the intermediaries between the lace markers and merchants.

Latitude: 48.861369
Longitude: 2.348955

About the author

Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations, and a degree of Economics and Management. Pierre is the author of the Discovery Course on the Secrets of the Eiffel Tower and the Christmas book "Voyage au Pays de Noël".

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