One of the series of signs describing historical places in Paris. The signs were placed starting in 1992 and are also called sucettes Starck (Starck’s Lollipops) after Philippe Starck who designed them.
The place where the sign stands was photographed on the same day Click for a larger image
The illustration in the center of the sign is shown here at magnification Click for a larger image
The Barbeau tower indicated on the sign as a tower on the other bank of the river connected to the tower on this bank, indicated on a separate sign Click for sign's details Translation of the text on the sign
[An illustration of a ship, symbolizing the symbol of Paris] History of Paris The Château de la Tournelle
Started at the beginning of the 13th century, the southern part of the enclosure of Philippe-Auguste, intended to favor the demographic development of the left bank, ended here. A tower was a pendant to the Barbeau tower, and every night chains stretched between them protected the city from any unpleasant surprises from the river. In 1369 a wooden bridge, several times carried away by the floods until its reconstruction in stone in 1656, connects the two banks; a fortress planned for its defence, called Château de la Tournelle, leans against the tower.
[Illustration of the place]
From 1632, thanks to Saint Vincent de Paul, it was used to house in less inhuman conditions those condemned to the galleys until then imprisoned in the Conciergerie. The whole was demolished at the end of the 12th century.