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The smallest house in Paris


the-smallest-house-in-paris-1.jpgWhen passing by you will not even realize that it is a separate house. It gives the impression of a natural connection between two neighbouring higher six floor houses. But look closer and you will find out that the tiny shop with shirts and jeans has its own identity.

This little 1,10 metre wide and 5 metre high two-floor house was built at the place of a passage between the streets „La rue du Château d’Eau“ and „Rue du Faubourg saint Martin“. Blog „Histoires de Paris“ mentions that at the origin of the construction of the house was a mysterious heritage issue: family owning the passage between the streets „Rue du Château-d’Eau“ and „Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Martin“ by this miniature house built in the passage and so ended up the quarels between the heritors. The shoes repairement shop, which was here since 19th century was transformed into the shop with the goods for the babies and at present there is a shop with the clothes for men.

After getting through the narrow entrance I walk along the walls decorated with plenty of sport shirts and jeans and I find myself looking at the man who suspects that my curiosity is not concentrated on the variety of his shirts, and with a complaisant but at the same time strict voice he asks if I am interested in his goods or in the architecture of the shop. Being afraid that he will walk me away, I pretend that I like one cotton shirt and ask him if he has the same shirt in different colours. Fortunately, he does not have and so I leave the shop definitely abandoning the idea of asking him to show me all the rooms of this original Parisian house.

Address of the house: 39 rue du Château d’Eau in the 10th arrondissement

Metro: Line 4, station Château d’Eau

Maria Dopjerova-Danthine, Paristep


Preview of picture in folder Paris street | Jan Schinko jr.






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