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Gare du Nord is today the 2nd most important station in the world in what concerns passenger traffic. The tour begins with a visit of the building and a travel through time to discover the history of the station and the role it played on the evolution of the area.
First part of the visit : gare du nord railway station designed by the architect Jacques-Ignace Hittorff, with its 23 giant sculpted statues on the facade and its station hall. During this break in front of the building and in the station hall you will mention the evolution of railway in France also linked to one of the biggest urban renovation program willed by Napoleon III and Baron Hausmann in Paris.
The tour continues towards the former Enclos Saint-Lazare (the largest enclosure in Paris) passed on to Vincent de Paul, who, in the 17th century, housed his Congregation of the Mission, the Lazarists. You will visit Saint-Vincent de Paul’s church, the plans of which were initially entrusted to the architect Jean-Baptiste Lepère in 1824. Due to many delays, it was then put into the hands of the architect Hittorff who continued the work and changed the plans. You’ll see his work, the painted friezes and slabs of enamelted lava.
The visit finishes off at the Saint-Quentin indoor market, with anecdotes about Paris fairs especially those that took place in the 10th district.
The tour is given by the guide Bruno Granozio, expert in Unesco and issues relating to world heritage. Discover other tours of stations and districts guided by Bruno Granozio (gare de l'Est railway station, Parc de Bercy (Bercy gardens), autour de la BNF (National Library...).
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