Place de la Contrescarpe, Paris

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  • We rented an apartment on Rue Mouffetard just around the corner from the Place de la Contrescarpe, this is one of Paris's oldest and liveliest neighborhoods and a great place to explore from. While wa...  more »
  • The place of the counterscarpe is located in the historic district of Rue Mouffetard, an old street that linked "Lutèce" as Paris in antiquity and south of Gaul to Lugdunum (Lyon). The square which is small, has trees and a fountain in the center. Surrounded by cafes and restaurants, it is a place of pleasure especially for night owls. Its name "against escarpment" is taken from the part that was just in front of the ditch of the ancient fortification of Paris under King Philip Augustus in 1200. There is still a remnant of the wall of this enclosure on Clovis Street. The area has charm by the old houses that surround the square and those along The Mouffetard Street that runs through it. But, she too victim of her success and here everything is done to satisfy tourists with bar and restaurants and souvenir shops. And, there is still little visible neighborhood life. Some mouth shops, which remain as well as bad, maintain a bit of urban life, especially in the lower rue Mouffetard.
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