The elegance of Place Saint-Georges, Paris

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Although small in size, the circular Place Saint-Georges owes its elegant look to the beautiful townhouses that border it. With the métro station exit, the railings, the old lampposts, and the fountain at its centre, the square is an emblematic site in Paris yet to discover.

 

About Place Saint-Georges

Place Saint-Georges, Paris

Place Saint-Georges © French Moments

Place Saint-Georges is situated at the junction of rue Saint-Georges and rue Notre-Dame-de-Lorette in the 9th arrondissement.

The square was laid out in 1824 as part of a real estate transaction by a financial corporation, the Compagnie Saint-Georges (hence its name).

It has a circular shape of 32.50 m in diameter.


The fountain of the square

Gavarni monument, Paris © French Moments

Gavarni monument © French Moments

A fountain stands at the centre of the square. A bust of the illustrator Paul Gavarni (1804-1866) tops the monument.

The fountain was placed there for horses to drink from. It was dried up following the construction of the métro and revived in 1995.


The mansions of Place Saint-Georges

The mansions built around the square were tucked away from the centre of the plot. This arrangement is also found in Place François 1er (8th arrondissement).

The Thiers Mansion behind the Gavarni monument © French Moments

The Thiers Mansion behind the Gavarni monument © French Moments

The mansion of Adolphe Thiers (number 27) dates back to 1873. This is where Adolphe Thiers, President of the French Republic from 1871 to 1873, and his wife Elise Dosne lived.

It now houses the Dosne-Thiers Foundation, a museum-library named after Adolphe Thiers and his wife.

Just behind the building is the quiet public park of Square Alex Biscarre.

Square Alex Biscarre, Paris © French Moments

Square Alex Biscarre, Paris © French Moments

The richly decorated mansion of La Païva (number 28) is the work of architect E. Renaud. It dates back to 1840 and features neo-Gothic and Renaissance decorative elements.

Born Esther Lachmann (1819–1884), La Païva was one of the most successful French courtesans of the 19th century. She lived on Place Saint-Georges in 1851 before moving later to a new luxurious mansion at 25 avenue des Champs-Élysées.

La Païva Mansion © French Moments

La Païva Mansion © French Moments

Have a stroll in the nearby streets to admire a few Haussmann-style buildings with elegant iron balcony railings.

Place Saint-Georges Trivia!

At number 51 rue Saint-Georges is the Saint-Georges theatre. Inaugurated on 8 February 1829, it housed the headquarters of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts (National Society of Fine Arts) in 1908.

This is where François Truffaut shot some of the scenes from the film Le Dernier Métro in 1980, starring Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu.


How to get to Place Saint-Georges

Place Saint-Georges Paris 02 © French Moments

The elegant square

  • Location of the Place Saint-Georges (link opens a google map): http://goo.gl/maps/g44SP4ebcuu
  • Closest métro stations: Saint-Georges (line 12).
  • Have you been to some similar squares in Paris? Share with us your Paris discoveries by commenting below! We’d love to hear from you!
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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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