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Quai d'Orsay, Paris

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The Quai d’Orsay is a quay in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, part of the left bank of the Seine, and the name of the street along it. The Quai becomes the east of the Palais Bourbon, and the Quai Branly west of the Pont de l'Alma.The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs is located on the Quai d'Orsay, and thus the ministry is often called the Quai d'Orsay by metonymy.The Quai (rue du Bac) has historically played an important role in French art as a location to which many artists came to paint along the banks of the river Seine.The building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was developed between 1844 and 1855 by Jacques Lacornée. The statues of the facade were created by the sculptor (1870).
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  • Really just walking around enjoying the view of the Seine and the locale - my wife loves to walk and this was better than walking down shopping streets like rue du Rivoli  more »
  • The quai d'Orsay is bordered by a planted some trees walking area and offering lovely views over the Seine and various bridges. This platform extends the bridge of Alma to Concord bridge. Along the wharf, we also discover the National Assembly, the famous Department of Foreign Affairs and a great view of the hotel des invalides located off. The dock itself has no appeal.
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  • A great Avenue parallel to the Seine that stands out in particular for two things: the Musée d'Orsay and the Pier from which you can start to make a boat excursion on the river Seine going to see Paris from a different perspective. Excluding the first part of the Avenue, where there are stalls of artists and/or selling some souvenirs for tourists, there are few attractions; residential, offices, some Embassy; elegant, beautiful, to say the least.
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