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Square Rene Viviani, Paris

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4.7/5 based on 25 reviews on the web
The Square René Viviani is a public square adjacent to the Church of Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre in the 5th arrondissement of Paris.LocationThe Square René Viviani is a city park located slightly to the north of the Gothic church of Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre, built at the same time as Notre-Dame Cathedral and consequently one of Paris' oldest churches. Disaffected during the Revolution, in the 19th century the ruinous church was taken over by the city's Greek Melchite Church and is today the center of that religious community in Paris. The Square is an irregular polygon in shape, bounded by the Rue Galande and church buildings to the south; by the Rue Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre on the west; by the Quai de Montebello to the north; and by the Rue Lagrange and the Rue du Fouarre on the east. The Rue de la Bûcherie ends on the western side of the square, but it resumes its course on the eastern side, and the Pont au Double, a bridge to the Île de la Cité, lies across the Quai de Montebello from the square. The Square René Viviani offers one of the best views of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in all of Paris.Around the corner, in the Rue de la Bûcherie, stands the well-known English-language bookshop, Shakespeare and Company which took the name of Sylvia Beach's legendary bookshop and independent publishing house near the Place de l'Odéon, which first published James Joyce's novel Ulysses and was a literary center for English writers until it was definitively closed when Germany occupied France.Inside the square, there are two features, other than the lawns, walkways, well-trimmed plane trees, and benches, that deserve a mention here. There is an odd-looking fountain, known as the Saint Julien fountain, that was erected in 1995. It is the work of the French sculptor, Georges Jeanclos (1933–1997), and it is emblematic of the legend of St. Julien the Hospitaller, a tale, now largely discounted, involving a curse by witches, a talking deer, a case of mistaken identity, an horrific crime, several improbable coincidences, and a supernatural intervention. The story was told and retold during the Middle Ages, and it became a favorite. Consequently, hospitals, hospices, and churches all over Europe adopted Julien as their patron. He was also a patron saint of hunters, innkeepers, and ferrymen; traveling pilgrims often prayed for his help in finding comfortable lodgings.
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  • Japanese residing in Paris in the BS program are as your favorite place in Paris to learn of visited and was inspired by the Notre-Dame Cathedral overlooking the Park is very like that. René Viviani Park is towards the Seine on the left bank from in front of the façade of the de la Cité Notre-Dame Cathedral with Bridge and immediately before that. Was a point behind, photo taken at Notre-Dame Cathedral is a large park planted over there. I got a two-shot in a good many photos taken in front of the Notre-Dame Cathedral on the Ile de la Cité Island, this park because it's a little different angle.
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  • A small green lawn. The cutest fountain strange architecture in the Centre of the Park. And, of course, the oldest tree in Paris. Came to see him.
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  • Nice square in district 5. Interesting in itself no longer form incorrect polygon, and 400-year-old tree that grows in the Park. They say that it is the oldest tree in Paris.
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  • Home to the oldest tree in Paris paired with a beautiful view of Notre Dame this beautiful little garden is historic and serene. Full of history the tree, supported by several concrete beams, was planted around 1600, lost several limbs in a bombing, and is still very much alive, and beautiful to look see.
  • Nice peaceful little garden with a great view of the cathedral without the manic crowds. At Christmas time there's a cute little market too
  • Excellent. A lovely park where my then boyfriend proposed to me. Always be a special place. Very quiet, away from the crowds.
  • Nice park in Paria
  • A lovely park in a lovely location... Peruse Notre Dame, grab a Subway (unless, of course, you're going fully Francophile), sit in this wonderfully quiet little park a midst the droves of fellow sight-seers, eat your Subway, smoke a Gitanes (see, I'm not a complete philistine), gaze upon the magnificent cathedral and generally feel pretty happy about the world. If you're reading this and you have the opportunity to sit in the square while other pedestrians are risking their lives crossing the roads and buying trinkets, I urge you to do so, it is, dare I say it, a spot of peaceful tranquility - not a phrase I use lightly! I just hope this review doesn't turn it into yet another mecca of groups of men with thousands of miniature Eiffel Towers offering you 4 free if you buy 16...
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