Rue de la Bûcherie

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Rue de la Bûcherie
Length 160 m (520 ft)
Width 8 m (26 ft)
Arrondissement 5th
Quarter Sorbonne
From Rue Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre
To Rue du Petit-Pont
Completion 17th century

Rue de la Bûcherie is a street in the 5th arrondissement of Paris, France.


Near the cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris and the Place Maubert, between La Seine and Boulevard Saint-Germain Rue de la Bûcherie is one of the oldest Rive Gauche streets. In the Middle Ages damaged meats were salted and boiled here to feed the poorest.[1]

In the 17th century, La Voisin, a chief personage in the famous affaire des poisons, which disgraced the reign of Louis XIV, lived here.[citation needed]

Nicolas-Edme Rétif, the French novelist, lived on Rue de la Bûcherie during the years leading to his death in 1808.[2]

Until the late 1970s the place was a popular Parisian street with mixed modest restaurants (Lebanese, Asian, Pakistani), antiques dealers, and art galleries. In the 1970s the Annick Gendron contemporary art gallery was established at no. 1.

The dissection amphitheatre of the ancient Faculty of Medicine where Jacques-Bénigne Winslow taught is still located on Rue de la Bûcherie.

Origin of the name[edit]

The name come from the ancient "Port aux bûches", a port where logs were put down.[3]

Buildings of note[edit]

  • 13-15 - amphitheatre of the ancient Faculty of Medicine
    Shakespeare & Co Books at 37, Rue de la Bûcherie
  • 37 - Shakespeare and Company, a bookstore specializing in English language books while simultaneously employing and boarding English-speaking writers in Paris.

Closest transport[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Plaisir de France
  2. ^ Alain Dautriat, Sur les murs de Paris : guide des plaques commémoratives p, 47, L'Inventaire, 1999
  3. ^ Théophile-Sébastien Lavallée, Histoire des Français depuis le temps des Gaulois jusqu'en 1830, II, project Gutenberg

External links[edit]

  • [1] Le Paris pittoresque : Archives of the old Paris

Coordinates: 48°51′11″N 2°20′43″E / 48.85306°N 2.34528°E / 48.85306; 2.34528