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 sign indicates the place in Paris where the Italian poet and philosopher Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) stayed after he was sent into exile from his city of Florence. One of the hypotheses is that he stayed in Paris between the years 1308-1310, the years in which he began writing his great work "The Divine Comedy"
The place 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 Translation of the text on the sign
[An illustration of a ship, symbolizing the symbol of Paris] History of Paris Dante writes the Divine Comedy
Since 1293, Florence has been prey to the incessant struggle between the Guelph and Ghibelline parties. Dante Alighieri, born in 1265 from a noble family without fortune, was proscribed in 1302, doomed to the stake if he was caught on the territory of the commune. All his property was confiscated, his home burned: the poet then led a wandering life until his death in 1321, and devoted himself to writing his great work. While passing through Paris, he celebrated in his writings the "vico degli strami" (rue du fourrage - fodder street); the street takes its name from the hay bales used as seats by the students. Perhaps the Mysteries represented on the square in front of Notre-Dame contributed to nourishing the visionary inspiration of the circles of Hell!
[Portrait drawing of Dante]