A Schedule For Two Weeks In Paris
( Originally Published 1921 )
1st day. Ile de la Cite, a ramble to discover Lutetia, the village which Julius Caesar found upon his conquest of Gaul. Notre-Dame (on the site of a temple to Jupiter). Palais de Justice (on the site of the old Roman palace) . The Sainte-Chapelle. The Pont-Neuf. Statue of Henri IV. Madame Roland's house and the Place Dauphine.
2nd day. The Arenes de Lutece, an amphitheatre built in the time of the Caesars. The site of the Palais des Thermes, built in the IVth century and marked by the remains of the great Frigidarium of the ancient palace.
Musee de Cluny, the hotel a fine example of XVth century civil architecture, and the museum, rich in historic collections dating back to Roman times.
Sainte-Genevieve, the patron saint of Paris: a ramble over the " montaigne Sainte-Genevieve" —the tower of the ancient basilica of Sainte-Genevieve, founded by Clovis, the first king of Paris. Sainte-Etienne du Mont, an early Renaissance church containing the shrine of Sainte-Genevieve—the Pantheon built originally as a temple to the saint—decorations within concerning her life, by Puvis de Chavannes.
3rd day. Saint-Germain-des-Pres, an ancient church, built upon the site of a temple to Isis, centre of an immense abbey which formerly dominated this region, founded by Childebert, and long the sepulchre of the kings of the first race. Behind the church still stands the abbatial palace. This powerful abbey established the prestige of the quarter known as the faubourg Saint-Germain.
Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre, an ancient church con-temporary with Notre-Dame; Saint-Severin, a Gothic church in excellent preservation. Saint-Martin-des-Champs (refectory and church) now part of the Conservatoire des Arts et Metiers.
4th day. Montmartre, the mountain of the martyrs, where was beheaded Saint-Denis, the first bishop of Paris, he who introduced Christianity into Gaul. Saint-Pierre-de-Montmartre, an ancient church on the site of a temple to Mercury and a Merovingien church, of both of which there are traces. The basilica of the Sacre Coeur, built by the Parisians. in atonement for the crimes of 1871.
From Montmartre,- according to the legend, Saint-Denis walked north, carrying his head in his hands, to the site of the town of Saint-Denis, where he was interred, with his companions; Rustique and Eleuthere.
Saint-Denis, the cathedral, built by Dagonert as a memorial to the martyrs: interesting for its architecture, the point of arrival of Gothic, and famous as the sepulchre of the kings of France.
N.B. The tombs are shown by a guide afternoons only. Visitors armed with a " permission," granted by the Ministry of Beaux-Arts, (3 rue de Valois), may visit the tombs at leisure, unaccompanied, in the mornings.
5th day. Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois, a Gothic church founded by Childebert, long the royal church; from the belfry of the old square tower was rung the signal for the massacre of Saint Bartholomew.
The Louvre of Francois I and Henri II, with facade by Lescot and Goujon, in the southwest corner of the court; enter by the Pavilion de l'Horloge. Salle des Cariatides, old apartments of Catherine de Medicis. Charles IX window from which (it is said) he fired upon the Huguenots. Rooms of French primitive and Renaissance sculpture.
The Fountain of the Innocents.
6th day. Fontainebleau, to imbibe the spirit of the Renaissance and Francois I.
7th day. The Louvre of Catherine de Medicis and Henri IV. From the quay the rich facade of the Galerie du Bord de l'Eau, begun by Catherine de Medicis and completed by Henri IV, the so-called Charles IX balcony and the Porte Jean Gou j on.
Within Galerie d'Apollon, first built by Henri IV, connects the old Louvre with the long gallery, built by Catherine de Medicis. Room of French primitives containing portraits of this epoch and earlier.
The Tuileries Garden—fragments of the palace (burned in the Commune). Astronomical tower at the Bourse de Commerce, a remnant of the Hotel de Soissons, built by Catherine de Medicis. Saint-Eustache. Tomb of Colbert.
8th day. Chantilly.
9th day. The Marais. Exterior of the Hotel de Ville. Ramble down the Rue de l'Hotel de Ville. Hotel de Sens (XVth century). Place des Vosges. Hotel Sully. Hotel Barbette. Hotel Carnavalet and its famous historical museum. Locality of the Temple.
10th day. Tour Saint-Jacques. Tour de Jean sans Peur. Hotel de Soubise. Archives Nationale.
Saint-Germain-en-Laye. Pavilion Henri IV, museum of national antiquities, and forest of Saint-Germain. Sunset from the Terrace.
11th day. Louvre; the Rubens Gallery of allegorical subjects drawn from the life of Marie de Medicis and painted for her dowager palace, the Luxembourg.
The Luxembourg Palace (now the Senate). The Petit Luxembourg. The Luxembourg Museum of modern paintings. The Luxembourg Garden. Medicis Fountain and Carpeaux Fountain.
12th day. Richelieu and Louis XIII. The Sorbonne. Richelieu's tomb in the chapel. The Palais Royal, Richelieu's residence. Church of Saint Paul and Saint Louis in the Marais, built by Louis XIII and Richelieu. The Louvre of this epoch—Pavilion de l'Horloge and north wing of the court. Sculpture and painting—Mazarin's tomb (from the Institut). The Institut de France.
Val-de-Grace, built by Anne d'Autriche in gratitude for the birth of Louis XIV.
13th day. The Invalides, built by Louis XIV as a home for old soldiers—the museum of artillery, the church, and the dome. Napoleon's tomb. Rodin Museum. The choir of Notre-Dame. Versailles.
14th day. Trocadero, conceived by Napoleon as a palace for the roi de Rome, achieved by a great Paris Exposition. Museum of casts of French monumental sculpture. A glimpse of modern Paris—the Arc de Triomphe de l'Etoile, Napoleon's conception for the entry of victorious armies.
Modern painting at the Petit Palais and the Hotel de Ville.