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The 6th district in Paris
The hotel Prince de Condé is on rue de Seine – a fabulous, typically Parisian road, narrow but long, that stretches across several different micro-neighborhoods, each different from one another. The road starts on quai Malaquai by the river Seine, goes through the Monnaie Odeon quarter, across Saint Germain des Prés and ends up on rue Saint Sulpice, next to the famous church.
Opposite the hotel, is an old fashioned narrow road which leads you to rue Bonaparte on a level with the Beaux Arts School: it is rue Visconti, a road where many Protestants lived in the 17th century and it was known as “Little Geneva”.
Also on this road are a number of specialized book shops and, on the rue des Beaux Arts, you will find a multitude of good quality modern and contemporary art galleries.
At the end of the rue de Seine, on the river side, you will find the Passerelle des Arts – it is a pedestrian bridge that takes you directly to the Louvre. On warm days, Parisians often have picnics on the bridge and enjoy listening to a band playingt au Louvre. Going the other way, towards Boulevard Saint Germain, take rue Jacob towards Place de Furstenberg. Allow extra time to wherever you are going, because you will want to stop in front of each shop window to marvel at the antiques, art galleries, clothes shops… And once at the Place Furstenberg, enjoy a little known museum where the great 19th century painter Eugene Delacroix had his studio.
The real symbol of the district is the Saint Germain des Prés Church. Its history is that of Paris itself. It is the oldest place of worship in Paris (originally a Roman temple, then an abbey under Chideric 1st one of Clovis’ sons, destroyed by the Norman invaders and then rebuilt; it is also the royal burial ground before Saint Denis.)