6 holes to revisit the area, it swung! Street golf in Saint Germain des Près following the renovation of the rue de Rennes.
Hello and welcome to this new guided tour of a district of Paris by New York Habitat.
Today we're going to visit a lively district of Paris and a fashionable place: Saint-Germain-des-Prés. This episode is the first of a trilogy devoted to Saint-Germain-des-Prés, of which the other two parts are as follows:
Located just south of the Seine and west of the Latin Quarter, Saint-Germain-des-Prés was once occupied by a large monastery and a small town.
The monastery was founded in 532 by Childebert, the second king of France. Although it became prosperous and powerful, the monastery did not survive the Viking raids of the 9th century.
The monks camped in the ruins until 990, when the monastery was rebuilt by King Robert the Pious. The town between the monastery and the city was very lively. Theatres even appeared.
In the 17th century, the city had already become an artistic and literary centre and was able to host Lully's first opera, Molière's first plays and the first Comédie Française.
The construction of the Romanesque church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés began around the year 1000 and it is one of the oldest churches in Paris. The rounded arches, small windows and thick bell tower walls are typical of the Romanesque style.
The Saint-Germain-des-Prés district quickly became a meeting place for artists, intellectuals and writers.
As early as the 17th century the village was home to writers such as Racine and La Rochefoucauld. In the 19th century painters such as Delacroix and Manet and writers such as Balzac also settled here, as did Benjamin Franklin and Oscar Wilde.
In the 1920s, many Americans were attracted by the charm of this neighbourhood. Even Hemingway and his wife lived here and Henry Miller was often here as well.
Later Picasso moved here and it was here that he painted Guernica.
Life here is concentrated in the centre of the square in front of the church and in three famous cafés in the vicinity. The square is a popular meeting place, often with musicians and sculptures on display. Les Deux Magots, 6 place de L'Église Saint-Germain-des-Prés, takes its name from the two Chinese statues that have been on display inside since the café was a silk shop. When it opened, the café was a favourite of poets such as Verlaine and Rimbaud.
In the 1930s, Picasso also liked to come here. In the late 1930s, the café was frequented by the existentialist philosopher Jean Paul Sartre and the writers Camus and Prévert.
Once the café became a favourite of the German occupiers in Paris, Sartre and his colleagues abandoned it for the Café de Flore a block away at 172 Boulevard Saint-Germain. The owner made the first floor available to them for sitting, sipping coffee and writing. It was here that Sartre wrote his famous treatise: Being and Nothingness. The other famous place to stop for a drink is the Brasserie Lipp, across the street at 151 Boulevard St-Germain. It was popular with poets André Gide and Paul Valéry in the 1920s and it was here that Hemingway wrote A Farewell to Arms.
The Institut de France at 23 quai Conti, with its distinctive dome, was built in the 17th century for Louis XIV's first minister, Mazarin. It now houses the 5 French academies of arts and sciences.
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We hope you have enjoyed the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area, where culture and history meet.
Thank you for taking this tour with New York Habitat.
We hope to see you soon in the streets of Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
Announcement of the video mapping projected on the tower of the Saint-Germain-des-Prés church at Christmas 2019.
For its 20th anniversary, the Comité Saint-Germain-des-Prés invites Parisians to attend a video mapping that retraces the history of the district, the Saint-Germain-des-Prés church and its tower.
BFMTV report on the Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés for the 20th anniversary of the Comité Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
To mark the 20th anniversary of the Comité Saint-Germain-des-Prés and its Christmas market, a video mapping is projected on the tower of the Saint-Germain-des-Prés church.
An exceptional mapping retracing the history of the church and its tower - the oldest in Paris at 1000 years old.
For the occasion, the Place de Saint-Germain was greened up with a tropical atmosphere under the palm trees to raise awareness about global warming.
After the success of the twinning with Chengdu, the Saint-Germain Committee has accepted, at their request, the twinning with the BID Neuer Wall district in Hamburg, in order to establish cultural, economic and tourist exchanges between our two districts.
The city of Hamburg is a symbol of Germany's outstanding development and its ability to innovate in city centres through architecture and a welcoming attitude towards design and creation.
The BID Neuer Wall shopping area and its remarkable development is a fantastic showcase for French fashion and luxury brands, a symbol of innovation and creation, just like Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
Hamburg is Germany's second largest city after Berlin in terms of both size and population, and is home to one of Europe's largest ports, which allows it to enjoy economic and cultural independence.
Ravaged by the bombings of the Second World War, it was rebuilt in concrete but is very lively and full of charm:
- Green spaces
- Bridges and a beautiful lake
- Prestigious museums
- Exciting nightlife
The Hafen City renovation project is further evidence of this dynamism.
Saint-Germain-des-Prés, which is home to many artists and cultural events, is delighted to support the establishment of cross-collaborations with exchanges allowing Parisians and Hamburgers to better discover our cities and neighbourhoods in the form of exhibitions and cultural events.
The Twinning between the Comité Saint-Germain-des-Prés and "BID Neuer Wall" was signed on November 25, 2019 at the Hamburg-Mitte District Hall under the patronage of the City Hall of the 6th arrondissement of Paris and the Bezirksamt Hamburg-Mitte District Hall, with the presence of :
- Monique Mouroux, General Delegate of the Comité Saint-Germain-des-Prés
- Jean-Charles Bossard, 1st Deputy Mayor of the 6th district
- André Cardinali, Ambassador of Saint-Germain-des-Prés
- Sebastian Binger, Managing Director of Otto Wulff BID
- Claire Piqueret, Director of the BID Neuer Wall
To celebrate the twinning and the friendship between the two districts, a commemorative plaque was inaugurated by Monique Mouroux, Jean-Charles Bossard, André Cardinali, Sebastian Binger and Claire Piqueret:
To give credibility to this twinning, several event projects were envisaged in Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Hamburg, such as Operation Swan.
Operation Alster Swan
Similar to Operation Panda in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, a charity action with a sale of stuffed swans in a chalet in BID Neuer Wall was imagined.
All proceeds will be donated to the Sternbrücke Hospice for terminally ill children.
By combining twinning and art with charity work, we are convinced that a beautiful project could be born, after the Coronavirus crisis.
The artist Richard Orlinski spontaneously responded by designing a sketch of a giant Swan especially for this event.
The swan will be exhibited at BID Neuer WallIt was installed in the Alster lake and permanently set up in the Sternbrücke hospice.
The swan is a strong symbol in Hamburg.
Hamburgers' affection for swans goes back to the 14th century, when Hamburg became an independent city.
The authorities of the time decided to grant themselves the right to own swans, a privilege previously reserved for the nobility.
In 1664, the city council went even further with a decree that it was forbidden to offend, insult, injure or kill any swan in Hamburg.
The Alster is a river in northern Germany, which flows through Hamburg and into the Elbe.
The waters of the Alster feed an artificial lake, also called Alster, in the heart of Hamburg.
Based on the initiative of André Cardinali. Ambassador of Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan province, located in west-central China at the foot of the Tibetan plateau.
Lucien Bodard describes his childhood in a realistic and amusing way in his novel "Monsieur le Consul". With its 14 million inhabitants, the city is renowned for its quality of life with its friendly inhabitants.
The surrounding mountains are home to most of the world's 1,600 remaining wild pandas.
Chengdu is considered to be one of the most pleasant provincial capitals in China and is praised by many.
Modern and relaxed, the capital of Sichuan offers a wide range of places and activities: visit the many temples and parks of the city, relax in a tea house, enjoy a Chinese opera show, taste the famous hotpot...
The city of Chengdu is highly developed in the field of electronics and high technology.
Is China's future in the West?
In any case, this is Chengdu's bet. This is why the twinning between Saint-Germain des Prés and IFS-Chengdu promises a good future with cultural, economic and tourist exchanges between our two peoples.
Twinning Saint-Germain-des-Prés - Chengdu IFS
14 AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS
Initiated by André Cardinali, Ambassador of Saint-Germain-des-Prés & Thomas Thompson, Director Manfei China.
This is the first time in France that a twinning has received countless nominations and won 14 awards for Innovation and Excellence, both in China and internationally:
- Chengdu. Golden Award - 2017
- Bangkok. Gold Award - 2018
- Shanghai. Gold award - 2018
- Hong Kong. Silver Award - 2018
- Hong Kong. Silver Award - 2018
- Hong Kong. Stevie Award - 2018
- London. Gold Stevie Award - 2018
- Hong Kong. Gold Award - 2019
- Cannes. Heavent Awards - 2019
- Paris. Saint-Germain-des-Prés Prize, 6th district of Paris - 2021
- Paris. Prix d'Honneur Comité Saint-Germain-des-Prés - 2021
- Ile-de-France Region Prize - 2021
- Sichuan Region Award - 2021
- Jinjiang District Prize - 2021
The Twinning between the Comité Saint-Germain-des-Prés and IFS Chengdu was signed on 2 March 2017 at the town hall of the 6th arrondissement under the patronage of the town hall of the 6th arrondissement of Paris and the district of Jinjiang.
To celebrate the twinning and friendship between the two Left Bank districts of Paris and Chengdu, an Olive Tree and a commemorative plaque were inaugurated by Jean-Pierre Lecoq, Mayor of the 6th arrondissement of Paris and Miroslav Siljegovic, President of the Saint-Germain-des-Prés Committee, in the courtyard of the town hall of the 6th arrondissement of Paris in front of the statue of the Centaur's Battle:
Inauguration of the plaque on Hongxing Road in Chengdu in front of Le Café de Flore, in the presence of Miroslav Siljegovic, President of the Comité Saint-Germain des Prés - Christina Hau, General Manager of Wharf China - Jean-Pierre Lecoq, Mayor of the 6th arrondissement of Paris:
Monique Mouroux, general delegate of the Saint-Germain-des-Prés Committee and Jean-Charles Bossard, 1st deputy mayor of the 6th district, went with André Cardinali to Chengdu in China to sign the twinning agreement in Chinese:
Inauguration of the Friendship Tree plaque and the Boulevard Saint-Germain plaque on Hongxing Road in Chengdu in the presence of :
- Mr Wenhui Wu
- Ms Christina Hau
- Ms Monique Mouroux
- Mr Jean-Charles Bossard
- Mr André Cardinali
- Mr Olivier Mousson, President of the Société d'Encouragement pour l'Industrie Nationale
To give credibility to this twinning, several events were organised in Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Chengdu:
Café de Flore in Chengdu
Café de Flore embellished Chengdu with its presence, November 2017, giving the people of Chengdu the opportunity to better discover the culture of the Left Bank and Parisian cafés through an ephemeral installation.
From the care taken with the specialities served, to the training of the boys at Le Flore de Chengdu, everything has been thought of to honour the legendary Café de Flore, from the reproduction of the general and floral decoration of the façade. It was a great success with 95,000 visitors in 30 days.
Representatives from the Jinjiang District Government, Chengdu IFS, the Comité Saint-Germain and the Consulate General of France were pleased to launch a month of festivities between France and China.
This first charitable action of the Chinese in France aims to constitute a link between our two districts and our two cities, the panda being from now on one of the symbols of the Chinese-French friendship.
The Comité Saint-Germain-des-Prés organised a sale of stuffed pandas in a chalet on Place Saint-Germain from 1 December to 7 January 2018. The profits were donated in full to the Necker - Enfants Malades hospital. ( 34 000 Euros )
Thousands of visitors came to take pictures of themselves in front of the panda.
The artist Richard Orlinski created a giant panda especially for this event. After being presented at Place Saint-Germain, the panda was exhibited at Beauval Zoo, then in front of the town hall of the 6th arrondissement and put in place permanently in the new playground of the Necker Hospital in June 2018 (Value 220,000 euros):
The twinning is associated with the Parcours Saint-Germain, an annual event that brings contemporary art into the public space.
For the first time, two artists from Chengdu exhibited using materials representative of their region in Sichuan. June 2018.
In this context, Chengdu IFS collaborates with the Parcours Saint-Germain by involving artists from Sichuan, creating a dialogue through the use of traditional Chinese culture.
Palace - Chen Weicai
CHEN Weicai used more than two tons of traditional tiles from Luozhen, a village in Sichuan, for an installation called "Palace".
This invited the many visitors to the Fürstenberg square to reverie.
Palais was created especially for the Parcours Saint Germain by Chen Weicai.
He chose a traditional Chinese architectural material - roof tiles - to create a public and private space on Fürstenberg Square.
The curves of the walls surrounded by the trees of the square, adding a meeting place with a resolutely Chinese tone for Paris lovers.
Waterfall - Zhao Mi
ZHAO Mi used more than 700 bamboo rods, assembled according to an ancestral technique still used today for building scaffolding.
"Waterfallcreated especially for the Parcours Saint Germain by Szechuan artist Zhao Mi, uses 700 bamboo rods, canvas and water to draw a scroll of Chinese paintings.
Bamboo, beyond its status as a symbol of China, is abundant especially in Sichuan. The local accessibility of this recyclable material led Zhao Mi to create a series of works using it in different ways to provoke reflection on its potential.
Here, the artist brings two cultures together and symbolises the salvation of his home town which is developing its openness to the world.
Co-organised in partnership with the Parcours Saint-Germain, the Parcours Chengdu was thus created, October 2018, allowing the inhabitants of Chengdu to discover international artists.
For the first time, based on an original idea by André Cardinali, MadC, one of the few internationally recognised women in the street art movementwith a contemporary Chinese calligrapher, the artist MA KunIn this way, he worked on his interpretation of a 14th century Sichuan poem in flat colours with the transparent abstraction of MadC.
Monique Mouroux, Wunhui Wu, Jean-Pierre Lecoq, Christina Hau and André Cardinali, inaugurated this 80-metre fresco, installed on Hongxing Road, called Bd Saint-Germain:
The Dutch Michiel Martens & Jetske VisserIn the summer of 2005, the artists of the "Holons Light" project installed a group of spheres with hypnotic lights that rotate continuously. As they rotate, the loose bands are illuminated and seem to merge with each other:
The artists CHEN Weicai and ZHAO MiAfter Saint-Germain-des-Prés, they reinterpreted their Parisian works for this first edition of the Parcours Chengdu:
Donation of masks for the town hall of the 6th arrondissement
After the charity action with the Necker hospital, our friends from Chengdu IFS are once again showing their attachment to the twinning and to the inhabitants of Saint-Germain-des-Prés...
They donate 50,000 sanitary masks.
Jean-Pierre Lecoq, Mayor of the 6th arrondissement of Paris, and Monique Mouroux, General Delegate of the Comité Saint-Germain-des-Prés, received this gift on the initiative of André Cardinali in the framework of the twinning between Chengdu IFS and the Comité Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
The masks left Chengdu on 3 April and after a three-month journey through several airports: Hong Kong, Budapest and London, they finally arrived in the courtyard of the town hall on 21 July.
In 2020, several events were in preparation in Chengdu: a panda 2 operation for a children's hospital, the Saint-Germain Village and the opening of a permanent Café de Flore, all of which were halted because of Covid and postponed to 2021.
The Saint-Germain Committee and IFS Chengdu would like to thank all the inhabitants and actors of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Chengdu who participated and supported this cross twinning.