Rue de Vaugirard

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Rue de Vaugirard
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A view of the Rue de Vaugirard in the 15th arrondissement in 2008
Rue de Vaugirard is located in Paris
Rue de Vaugirard
Shown within Paris
Length4,300 m (14,100 ft)
Arrondissement6th, 15th
QuarterQuartier de l'Odéon
Quartier Necker
Quartier Saint-Lambert
Coordinates48°50′34″N 2°18′42″E / 48.84278°N 2.31167°E / 48.84278; 2.31167Coordinates: 48°50′34″N 2°18′42″E / 48.84278°N 2.31167°E / 48.84278; 2.31167
FromJardin du Luxembourg
ToPorte de Versailles

The Rue de Vaugirard (Street of Vaugirard) is the longest street inside Paris's former city walls, at 4.3 km (2.7 mi). It spans the 6th and 15th arrondissements. The Senate, housed in the Palais du Luxembourg, is at 15 Rue de Vaugirard.

Location[edit]

The Rue de Vaugirard is mostly a one-way street from the southwest edge of Paris (at the Porte de Versailles) towards the Latin Quarter at the junction of Boulevard Victor and Boulevard Lefebvre. Traffic flows in both directions between the Rue de Rennes and the Place de l'Odéon. Numbering starts in the Latin Quarter, reaching the 400s by Porte de Versailles. It the longest street in Paris.

History[edit]

The road, which appeared in the 15th century, led from Philip II's city walls towards the village of Vaugirard. This route was itself based on an old Roman road.

Origin of the name[edit]

"Vaugirard" came from an old French noun-and-genitive construction "val Girard" = "vale of Girard" (Latin vallis Girardi), after an Abbé Girard, who owned the land over which the road passes.

Sites of interest[edit]

A substantial chunk of Line 12 of the Paris Métro follows the Rue de Vaugirard. The following stations have entrances on the road:

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