Boulevard de Magenta
View of boulevard de Magenta
|Length||1,920 m (6,300 ft)|
|Width||30 m (98 ft)|
|Quarter||quartier Saint-Vincent-de-Paul quartier de la Porte-Saint-Denis quartier de la Porte-Saint-Martin|
|From||place de la République|
|To||boulevard de la Chapelle|
|Completion||1855 and 1859|
It is named after the battle of Magenta, a battle fought on 4 June 1859 near Magenta in Italy. It was a victory by the Piedmontais of the kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia and by the French armée d'Italie under general Mac-Mahon and Napoléon III over the Austrians under Guylay.
The creation of the boulevard de Magenta was part of the Hausmannian transformation of Paris. It was completed in 1855 between rue du Faubourg-Saint-Martin and the boulevard de Rochechouart (the boulevard here in fact follows the route of the old rue du Nord which formed a part of an 1827 subdivision) and in 1859 between place de la République and rue du Faubourg-Saint-Martin.
- n° 3 : Here lived Jacques Bonsergent, the first Parisian to be shot by the Nazis during the German occupation of France, on 23 December 1940.
- n° 24 : Site of the restaurant Véry, where the anarchist Ravachol was arrested on 30 March 1892. In revenge, the anarchists exploded a bomb here on the morning of 25 April that year.
- n° 68 : Église Saint-Laurent, built between 1863 and 1867.
- n° 85 bis : Marché Saint-Quentin installed here in 1866.
- n° 110 : Here lived the painter Georges Seurat.
- n° 170 : The Le Louxor cinema (façades and ceilings inscribed as a Monument historique).
- Jacques Hillairet, Dictionnaire historique des rues de Paris, Minuit, Paris, 1963 (ISBN 2-7073-1054-9)
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