PLACE JEANNE D’ARC
In this Arrondissement is located the square dedicated to the famous
Jeanne d’Arc. To many members of the clergy then (and now),
she was (and is) considered quite dangerous. Whether it was because
she had the audacity to dress in men's clothing while leading the
French Army in battle against the English, or merely because she
led the French Army into battle, or because God had the nerve to
speak to her (a mere woman!), or because they were jealous of her,
or because she would not submit to her forced recantation permanently,
or because they just wanted to put women back where they thought
they belonged (barefoot, pregnant, always submissive to men, and
without any sentient capacities, or any possibility of receiving
divine grace), or perhaps some combination of all these factors.
STADE SÉBASTIEN CHARLÉTY
The Sébastien Charlety stadium was built in 1939 by the architect
Bernard Zherssus and renewed in 1994 by Henry Gaudin. Located thirty
minutes from the Athletes Village in the east of Paris, the stadium
provided facilities including a synthetic 400m track, high, long
and triple jump equipment, plus an indoor track.
STE ANNE DE LA BUTTE-AUX-CAILLES
The Byzantine church of Ste-Anne de la Butte-aux-Cailles owes its
completion to the Lombard family who, in 1898, donated funds from
their chocolate store on av. de Choisy, in order to finish it. The
front of the church is nicknamed “la façade chocolat”
in their honour.
The name of Austerlitz recalls the famous battle won by Napoléon
in Austria on the 2nd of December 1805, against Austro-Russian armies.
It was originally conceived as a railway terminal for the Orléans
Company, running its first line here starting with 1840. Consequent
extensions took place in 1846 and 1852. Finally, the station as
seen today was rebuilt by the architect Pierre-Louis Renaud (1865-1868).
Trains depart from this station bound for the South-West of France,
Spain and Portugal.
The area around Place d’Italie has many shops and restaurants,
cafes and cinemas. In about 10 minutes walking, you can reach the
Latin Quarter , walking up the rue Mouffetard market street, filled
with small restaurants and traditional food shops.