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Rue Chanoinesse. 4th.
This street is quite well known to tourists being just behind Notre Dame, but it holds a couple of treasures behind doors that are there asking to be opened, although luck does have a hand. At no 12 is this superb medieval courtyard with its original well, seen when someone opened the main door and held it for me to walk through!!!!! So I did....
Next door at no. 14 a plaque tells us that the Doctor Bichat, who gave his name to a well-known Parisian hospital lived and died here in 1802. Jean Racine lived here also in 1672/77. unfortunately this door was closed with a digicode.
At nos 18 and 20 there existed at the end of the 1380's a barber and a butcher. After a few disappearances and searches the barber admitted cutting a few throats and selling the bodies to his mate next door for sausages... They were both burnt to death and their houses demolished and during more than a century no-one would build here. These two numbers are now occupied by the garage of the motor-cycle police.
Further along, at no.22/24 is the "Auberge du Vieux Paris", house built in 1512.
Another surprise awaits in no. 26 in the courtyards behind. This door just needed pushing, no luck. In the first courtyard can be seen some large flagstones. They are in fact tombstones from cemetaries that have disappeared since a long while on the Ile de la Cité. A further courtyard couldn't be explored because of a locked door, but apparently there even engraved tombstones on the floor in this one, so if you try keep your fingers crossed.
Metro Hotel de Ville is the closest.
The rue Chanoinesse is a street nearby Notre Dame, completly forgoten by the tourists. So it is quiet.
The buildings are not very ancient because the whole area was completly remodeled during the Second Empire. Though, have a look at the red building of magistrats school.
The shop on the picture was adorned for Christmas and presented to the pedestrians a crèche.
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