Rue de l'Odéon

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Coordinates: 48°51′3.1″N 2°20′19.3″E / 48.850861°N 2.338694°E / 48.850861; 2.338694

Rue de l'Odéon
Paris rue de l odeon1.jpg
Rue de l'Odéon, looking towards the Place de l'Odéon
Length 176 m (577 ft)
Width 13 m (43 ft)
Arrondissement 6th
Quarter Odéon
From 16, carrefour de l'Odéon
To 12, place de l'Odéon
Completion 1780
Denomination Rue du Théâtre-Français

The rue de l'Odéon is a street in the Odéon quarter of the 6th arrondissement of Paris on the Left Bank. Because of the presence of two bohemian bookstores, run respectively by Adrienne Monnier and Sylvia Beach, and the coterie of emergent Anglophone writers surrounding them, James Joyce nicknamed it "Stratford-on-Odéon".[1] Monnier and Beach thought of it as Odéonia.[2]


This street was constructed from 1780 onwards following letters patent of 10 August 1779 to establish the Théâtre-Français du faubourg Saint-Germain (now the Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe).

Notable residents[edit]


The nearest metro station is Odéon on Lines 4 and 10. It is served by RATP buses, numbers 84, 87 and 89.

Notes and sources[edit]

  1. ^ Glass (2009), p. 24.
  2. ^ Monnier & McDougall (1996), pp. xiv, 3-5, 36-37.
  3. ^ a b Glass (2009), pp. 24–27.
  4. ^ Garner (2010).
  5. ^ Watson (2011).