Angels of Paris Tour Marais

Two angels and a pigeon - all have wings - Angel holding a caduceus, Mercury's emblem for commerce and negotiation; palm leaves behind the cherubs symbolize victory Hôtel de Soubise, Paris

Two angels and a pigeon – all have wings – Angel holding a caduceus, Mercury’s emblem for commerce and negotiation; palm leaves behind the cherubs symbolize victory-Hôtel de Soubise

Scattered around the third and fourth arrondissements of Paris are sculpted angels on buildings. The buildings range in century ages from 1400s to 1600s to 1700s to 1800s to the early 1900s. After 1914, the angels become living relics of the past yet still enjoyable to admire.

To reach each of these sculptures, Rosemary Flannery took us on her Angels of Paris No. 2 guided walk, based on her book. Passing through passages to avoid street noise, through gardens, narrow medieval streets, we made a culinary stop at a modern chimney cake factory. On the tour, we heard architectural anecdotes about buildings with and without angels.

Doors opened and closed for us. We slipped through a locked door to view an historical courtyard when a resident held the door open for us. As we observed the false façade to protect the symmetry of the Jewish museum’s courtyard, the guard closed one of the doors for us to better hear Rosemary’s stories. She made the grey, chilly day quite warm and bright as she smiled and enjoyed telling the stories.

We began the visit at the Rambuteau metro entrance by the Centre Georges Pompidou and ended the visit at the northern Rambuteau entrance close to the angels of the Nicolas Flamel House. Rosemary gave us each a Marais map, courtesy of Parismarais.com to show our route. Later, she retraced our route on the map for whomever asked.

I recommend a walk through the Marais with Rosemary’s Angels of Paris No. 2 tour. Her book, Angels of Paris, provides all the details and more that Rosemary talks about on her tour. You can buy the book at English book stores in Paris, online and sometimes on her walks (let her know you want to buy one).

Enjoy the virtual photo tour below.

Angels of Paris book review

Read about the Angels of Paris No. 1 tour

Rosemary Flannery’s author page

Alma Cake Factory on Facebook

Rosemary Flannery with about 10 angel seekers across from Rambuteau metro station and the Centre Georges Pompidou, rue Beaubourg Do you notice the key sign from a former serrurier shop? Along rue Michel le Comte in the 3rd, Paris Interior door detail at the Hôtel d'Hallwyl, rue Michel le Comte Wall sculpture in the interior of the Hôtel d'Hallwyl, rue Michel le Comte Classic Paris door scene on the narrow rue Michel-le-Comte across from the Hôtel d'Hallwyl read more on the association Vivre le Marais! website http://bit.ly/1pJY3Ju Door detail at the MAHJ - musée d'art et d'histoire du judaisme Hôtel Soubise Musée des Archives nationales has guided visits daily (except Tuesday and holidays) and Saturday evening concerts (Jeunes Talents) http://www.jeunes-talents.org/ Two angels and a pigeon - all have wings - Angel holding a caduceus, Mercury's emblem for commerce and negotiation; palm leaves behind the cherubs symbolize victory Hôtel de Soubise Looking to the rooftops from the Hôtel de Soubise Interior side garden of Hôtel de Soubise, Archives nationales Hôtel Libéral Bruant or Bruand is currently closed. The classified historicalmonument is available as an investment http://bit.ly/21IPIkR Street art by Mr. Ride in Peace (RIP) in front of the Hôtel Libéral Bruant read more http://culturezvous.com/ride-in-peace/ Cherubs without angel wings, Hôtel Salé (Picasso Museum, Paris) Just a garland sculpture at the Hôtel Salé? Look closer (Picasso Museum) Interesting abandoned doors on rue de Saintonge in the 3rd arrondissement Angels representing the provinces of Bretagne and Saintonge - 1914 building keeping alive a 1610 project of Henri IV that died with the king Master cheesemonger sign on rue de Bretagne Passing through the market "Les Enfants Rouges" we entered the small park and garden Madeleine-de-Sudéry from 2004. de Sudéry was a writer who lived 1607-1701; first woman to win the Académie Française's Prize of Eloquence. private plots in the Jardin Madeleine-de-Sudéry Art Nouveau apartment building on rue Perrée across from Square du Temple (1907-1908) - architects Georges Raymond Barbaud and Edouard Bauhain Alexandre cooking another chimney cake at the Alma "factory" - tastes like a "Cinnabon" without all the sugar and heaviness (no butter) - heavenly delicious for an Angels of Paris tour Do you see the Lighthouse Angel? The Lighthouse Angel at one of the Arts & Metier metro stops on rude de Turbigo Buildings from the Middle Ages still exist in the world that Victor Hugo was passionate about - rue Volta Fluctuat nec mergitur "Il est battu par les flots, mais ne sombre pas": "She is tossed by the waves but does not sink" on the Paris coat of arms. The Latin phrase is found on the gardes républicains (Republican Guard calvary) and the Sapeurs Pompiers (medics/firemen) helmets. Taking the quiet route through Passage des Gravilliers to reach the Nicolas Flamel House Passage  des Gravilliers Angels of Nicolas Flamel
Wearing medieval clerical robes and the details are numerous. Rosemary Flannery
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Fluctuat nec mergitur "Il est battu par les flots, mais ne sombre pas": "She is tossed by the waves but does not sink" on the Paris coat of arms. The Latin phrase is found on the gardes républicains (Republican Guard calvary) and the Sapeurs Pompiers (medics/firemen) helmets.