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Rue Bonaparte, Paris

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Rue Bonaparte is a street in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. It spans the Quai Voltaire/Quai Malaquais to the Jardin du Luxembourg, crossing the Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the place Saint-Sulpice and has housed many of France's most famous names and institutions as well as other well-known figures from abroad. The street runs through the heart of the fashionable Left Bank and is characterised by a number of 'hôtels particuliers' (grand townhouses) and elegant apartment buildings as well as being bounded by the river at one end and the park at the other. With fifteen buildings or monuments classified as Monument Historique, it has more such listed sites than any other street in the 6th arrondissement.Rue Bonaparte also has many literary associations and contains a number of bookshops, antiquarian booksellers, publishers and art galleries. Its architecture and location have made it one of Paris' most historic and sought-after residential addresses.HistoryThe length of the street was formerly the site of a river called La Noue, which at the time formed the eastern boundary of the Pré-aux-Clercs . Later, the river was enlarged into a 27-m wide canal and named Petite Seine, which in turn supplied water to the moat of the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés when its fortifications were built during the 14th century. In the 17th century, those fortifications were demolished along with the moat and the canal.
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  • Leaving the Church of Saint Germain followed the walk down Rue Bonaparte to the Quai Malaquais. A pleasure to see so many beautiful buildings and history in every stone placed there, both in construction and in the buildings. It is worth mentioning the building of the Academy of medicine and of fine arts. A pleasurable ride.
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  • This is a classic street in Paris. Great shops and restaurants but my favorite part is the bronze statue of the woman at the top of the street, holding her face in her hands. Love it!  more »
  • Nice through street on the Left Bank, linking the Seine with Blvd. St. Germaine. Lined with restaurants (some quite good) and unusual shops, some selling expensive art and antiques. Noisy traffic.  more »
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  • Came here for a light bite before dinner that turned out to be dinner. A great location in the heart of St Germaine. Food and service were good, place had a great vibe.
  • Everything was ok, lots of smoking, average service, on the expensive side
  • One of nicer looking cafes with street presence but unfortunately overpriced and food wasn't that great.
  • Overpriced and average, much better places in the area
  • Bend over backwards to be nice to tourists

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