A priest who blesses animals, winemaking firefighters, a tree in a church, an inverted phallus at a well-known entrance, an atomic bomb shelter under Gare de l’Est, a real Breton lighthouse near Montparnasse, unsuspected traces of former brothels, a patron saint of motorists, royal monograms hidden in the Louvre courtyard, the presentation of Christ’s crown of thorns, a prehistoric merry-go-
round, a sundial designed by Dalí, war-wounded palm trees, bullet holes at the ministry, religious plants in a priest’s garden, a mysterious monument to Freemasonry at the Champ-de-Mars, a solid gold sphere in parliament, a Chinese temple in a parking lot, the effect of the Bièvre river on Parisian geography, a blockhouse in the Bois de Boulogne …
For those who thought they knew Paris well, the city is still teeming with unusual and secret places that are easily accessible.
Table of Contents
• Architecture• Art Nouveau / 1900• Arts and literature• Children• City walls• Curiosities• Gardens – nature• Geography• History• Museums• Religion and esoterica• Science and education• Walks, picturesque passageways• Water courses in Paris