A visit in the covered passages, the shopping Arcade of the past : From the 1st to the 9th arrondissement
The shopping arcade of the past!
They were built in the late 18th and mid-19th century
to protect pedestrians from the rain and mud and to provide a wide array of : theatres, cafés and quaint shops! Gas lighting and glass ceilings were a novelty too!
Nowadays they range from elegant galleries (Vivienne, Vérot- Dodat) to less noteworthy ones
(Passage Brady, du Cerf …..). Zola’s character , Nana , a courtesan was the muse of the Passage des Panoramas.
A trip into the past!