Happy Mother’s Day to those celebrating, and welcome to Stroll-with-Me Sunday! Today, I’m taking you to the ancient Village de Charonne, which was annexed by the city in 1860. Watch the video here for the full tour.
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VILLAGE DE CHARONNE HIGHLIGHTS
Today we’re taking a stroll through the ancient Village de Charonne, which became incorporated into Paris in 1860, and is now part of the 20th arrondissement. The jewel in the crown of this historic district is Saint Germain de Charonne, which dates from the 12th Century, with revisions in the 15th and 18th centuries.
At the foot of the church is Rue Saint Blaise. Originally called Grande Rue Saint Germain, it was the main street of this village where many aristocrats had their country getaways. This street still retains is country charm.
This area is built on a series of hills so there are many old stone retaining walls, and you can only access certain streets via stairs.
This little gem is the Pavillon de l’Ermitage, the remains of the Chateau de Bagnolet, which was built around 1600 and destroyed in the late 18th Century after the family sold off the land. Just one of the many wonders of Village de Charonne, one of the last vestiges of the old countryside, right in the heart of Paris.
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