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2nd Arrondissement, Paris

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The 2nd arrondissement is one of the 20 arrondissements of Paris, the capital city of France. Located on the right bank of the River Seine, the 2nd arrondissement, together with the adjacent 8th and 9th arrondissements, hosts an important business district, centred on the Paris Opéra, which houses the city's most dense concentration of business activities. The arrondissement contains the former Paris Bourse and a large number of banking headquarters, as well as a textile district, known as the Sentier, and the Opéra-Comique concert hall.The 2nd arrondissement is also the home of most of Paris's surviving 19th-century glazed commercial arcades. At the beginning of the 19th century most of the streets of Paris were dark and muddy and lacked sidewalks. A few entrepreneurs copied the success of the Passage des Panoramas and its well-lit, dry and paved pedestrian passageways. By the middle of the 19th century there were about two dozen of these commercial malls, but most of them disappeared as the Paris authorities paved the main streets, added sidewalks and gas street lighting. The commercial survivors are - in addition to the Passage des Panoramas - the Galerie Vivienne, the Passage Choiseul, the Galerie Colbert, the Passage des Princes, the Passage du Grand Cerf, the Passage du Caire, the Passage Lemoine, the Passage Jouffroy, the Passage Basfour, the Passage du Bourg-L'abbé, and the Passage du Ponceau.
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  • A superb façade with lighting really beau.a inside the vault room find you a hall beautiful.
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  • The 2nd District of the capital is a result of the reform of 1866 under Napoleon III where Paris has then 20 districts after the extension of the capital beyond the route of the wall of the farmers General of 1784, to the fortifications of the boulevards of the marshals is sparsely populated with 22,000 inhabitants the borough is bounded on the North by the boulevards: Poissonnière, good news Montmartre with the 9th and 10th districts and to the West by those Italians and the nasturtiums and the 8 th and 9 th arrondissements these boulevards are the route of the former speaker Charles V then Louis XIII in the 16th century, current Grand Boulevards. South and clockwise from East to West, the edge of the district is successively the streets, Etienne Marcel, small fields, Danielle Casanova and nasturtiums. It is contiguous with the 4th and 1st districts. To the East, the boulevard of Sevastopol is the eastern boundary with the 3 rd district. The borough is residential rather with historic sites and interest tourism and economic. There are Uptown with West side including luxury shops around peace Street, Mecca of french luxury and the avenue of the Opera. Side North, boulevards drain a population seeking leisure, with theatres, cinemas, restaurants, bars, clubs, etc. The "Grand Rex" iconic "Art Déco" style room is located at n ° 1 boulevard Poissonnière. I love wandering around this area very lively and full of activities and entertainment places. Monumental in Arc de Triomphe, known as "St. Denis" the street of the same name is in honor of the military campaigns of Louis XIV. It is good news boulevard. Some traders passages, pierced between the buildings with canopy, are also be places of visit with including the passage of the "Princes" in the No. 97 Richelieu Street which leads Boulevard des Italiens. The passage of Panoramas, 11 boulevard Montmartre, one of the "great deer", 145 St. Denis Street, open in 1825, and Vivienne, 4 small fields Street Gallery, dating from 1823, are places to discover. The passage of Cairo at 2 place of Cairo, in the Sentier district, is the largest and oldest date of 1798. Walking in these intimate places is a real treat! The Exchange district is obviously oriented financial activities. The Palace of the Bourse said "Brongniart", the name of its architect, place the scholarship is a fine example of architecture neo ancient in vogue under Napoleon I who launches the project. It will be eventually opened in 1826. This area is also the headquarters of banks, including Credit Lyonnais, who owns a building style ostentatious 1883 Haussmann, boulevard des Italiens. This building has a magnificent double staircase inspired by that of the castle of Chambord and a great canopy, workshops of Gustave Eiffel. Similarly, the National Library of France, occupies space, result of successive increases from the palais Mazarin became Hotel de Nevers in 1720, Richelieu current, and this street until 1936. The perimeter of the streets, Richelieu, Colbert and Vivienne, is currently occupied by the BNF "Richelieu" which, after renovations, just reopened. The Town Hall of the 2 nd is located street of the Bank, not far from the Place des Victoires another place of prestige, built under Louis XIV. This round place with style buildings, and an equestrian statue of the King, is on the edge of the 1st and 2nd districts and deserves a stop by the beauty of his perspective. The ND of the victories Basilica is located near the Town Hall, it is of Baroque style and can be visited with interest. The medieval tower called "John the fearless" is located 20 rue Étienne Marcel and date of the 15 th century (1411) when Paris was occupied by the English. It can be visited with interest. The National Theatre of the Opera Comique is located not far from the boulevard of the Italians by taking the street Favart. It was founded in 1714 in the classical style with columns, capitals and statues, recently renovated building. Old streets very lively and shopping, also cross the borough with the streets, Montorgueil, Saint Denis, trail and Montmartre. He must walk these streets to feel the Parisian life of older neighborhoods, with many shops and activities. Around rue Sainte Anne, close to avenue of the Opera, the places frequented by gays, have been replaced by Japanese businesses and the neighborhood has become their favorite place. Finally, the northern part of avenue of the Opera, up to the Place, passes through the borough with its buildings of Haussmann style and its many shops and boutiques of prestige and luxury. This district is largely served by many subway stations and it is so easy to traverse it.
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  • Central shops, Department stores, grocery stores branded! Surely in this area what predominates is the work, beautiful in all its grandeur! a neighborhood sparkling!
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