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Sign: Paris - History of Paris - Barbeau Tower


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32 Quai des Célestins, 75004 Paris, France
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[An illustration of a ship, symbolizing the symbol of Paris]

Histoire de Paris

La tour Barbeau
Ici s’élevait la tour Barbeau, où s’achevait pour la rive droite l’enceinte de Philippe-Auguste, édifiée aux frais des bourgeois de la ville avant le départ du roi pour la croisade (1190). Par temps de troubles, elle était reliée à une autre tour, dite Loriaux, située dans l’île, et elle-même reliée à la Tournelle, sur la rive gauche, par des chaînes qui reposaient sur des radeaux amarrés à des pieux profondément enfoncés dans le fleuve. Lorsque Charles V décide, au XIVe siècle la construction de nouveaux remparts afin d’assurer la sécurité des quartiers neufs de la ville marchande, dont l’expansion économique et démographique a été rapide depuis Philippe-Auguste, la tour Barbeau, restaurée, en constitue l’appui. Au XVIe siècle, le Jeu de Paume de la Croix-Noire s’établit à cet endroit, adossé au sou- bassement de la muraille ; Molière à ses débuts y ins- talle son Illustre Théâtre, de décembre 1644 au mois d’août 1645.
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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

Another sign indicates the place on the other bank of the river where there was a tower that was connected to this tower 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

Barbeau Tower
Here stood the Barbeau tower, where on the right bank ended the enclosure of Philippe-Auguste, built at the expense of the bourgeois of the city before the departure of the king for the crusade (1190). In times of trouble, it was connected to another tower, called Loriaux, located on the island, and itself connected to La Tournelle, on the left bank, by chains which rested on rafts moored to deeply sunk piles. in the river. When Charles V decided, in the 14th century, to build new ramparts in order to ensure the safety of the new districts of the merchant city, whose economic and demographic expansion had been rapid since Philippe-Auguste, the Barbeau tower, restored, constituted support. In the 16th century, the Jeu de Paume de la Croix-Noire was established here, leaning against the base of the wall; When he first started out, Molière set up his Illustre Théâtre there, from December 1644 to August 1645.




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