Boulevard Auguste-Blanqui

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Boulevard Auguste-Blanqui
Length 1,040 m (3,410 ft)
Width 68 to 70 m (223 to 230 ft)
Arrondissement 13th
From 12, place d'Italie
To 77, rue de la Santé
Construction
Denomination 17 janvier 1905

The Boulevard Auguste-Blanqui is a boulevard in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. It is one of the main arteries linking the Place d'Italie with the Place Denfert-Rochereau.

The boulevard is 1040 metres long, and approximately 70 metres wide, it starts from the Place d'Italie and extends to Rue de la Santé, on the edge of the 14th arrondissement, where it becomes the Boulevard Saint-Jacques. It traverses the ancient valley of the Bièvre.

The boulevard is named after the French thinker and socialist revolutionary Louis Auguste Blanqui (1805–1881).

History[edit]

The boulevard occupies the site of the ancient Wall of the Farmers-General. Originally, the roadways ran alongside the wall, which was knocked down in the 1860s.

Their former names were :

  • on the outside was the Boulevard d'Italie between Place d'Italie and Rue de la Glacière,
    • but which became the Boulevard de la Glacière beyond Rue de la Glacière,
  • on the inside was Boulevard des Gobelins between Place d'Italie and Rue de la Glacière (as distinct from the Avenue des Gobelins which also starts from the Place d'Italie)
    • but which became Boulevard Saint-Jacques beyond Rue de la Glacière.

Central reservation[edit]

  • The central reservation of the boulevard lies directly underneath the entire width of the overhead line 6. At its junction with Rue de la Glacière, there is a basketball court, and a "boulodrome", for playing boules close to the Corvisart métro station.
Located near the Métro stationsPlace d'ItalieGlacièreSaint-Jacques and Corvisart.

Notable addresses[edit]

  • Close to the Place d'Italie, is a memorial dedicated to the "Children of the 13th arrondissement who died for France."
  • 18, Boulevard Auguste-Blanqui – École Estienne, the Graduate School of Arts and Printing Industry.
Street number Description Image Notes
n°25 former residence of Auguste Blanqui Bd Blanqui-25 Plaque Blanqui.JPG Plaque inscription:

"In this house lived
from his release from prison in 1878
until his death on 1 January 1881
Great revolutionary
AUGUSTE BLANQUI.
40 years of prison
never dented his loyalty
to the working class cause.
His example and his lessons
Have notivated the heroes of 1848 and of the commune
."

n°18, (junction of rue Abel-Hovelacque) École Estienne (Ecole Supérieure Estienne des Arts et Industries Graphiques) Bd Blanqui-18- Estienne.JPG School for graphic arts inaugurated in 1896 in honour of the Estienne family of engravers of 16th century. The roofwork of the 1,200m² workshop was constructed by the company owned by Gustav Eiffel
n°50 (junction of rue Corvisart) Église Sainte-Rosalie Bd Blanqui-Eglise Ste-Rosalie.JPG
n°69 haltegarderie (children's nursery) Boul Blanqui-69-Garderie-1.JPG There is a commemorative bust of Ernest Rousselle (1836–1896), president of the Seine Conseil général, a dedicated activist on children's matters, and on abandoned children.
n°80 Le Monde building Former headquarters of Air France, reworked by Bouygues

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Coordinates: 48°49′48″N 2°20′51″E / 48.83000°N 2.34750°E / 48.83000; 2.34750