Place des Abbesses, Paris, France, 2012 - Psychogeographical Portrait

Place des Abbesses is everything one might imagine for charming and scenic Paris square. it deserves special attention from us urban squares enthusiasts and I'll try to show my respect. On the map bellow I marked some of the important spots where photos were taken and spot for the panorama itself. Best metro station entrance, sidewalk cafes, among them our favourite Petit Montmartre (3), hip eateries, bakeries, and the whole human parade to watch. Place to sit, drink coffee or vin rouge, read a good book, and pass the time of day in the most pleasant way. It is also hosting small carrousel (2) full of happy kids.

Station's entrance (1) is designed by Hector Guimard (1867–1942) and it is one of only three original Guimard entrances left in Paris. Station itself is also unique, being on the Montmartre hill hill it is very deep and a main attraction is spiral staircase decorated with graffiti (1b).

Artists are everywhere (3a) this one almost exclusively performing for us.

Even larger version of the "Wallace" fountain, mentioned in more detail on one of the other squares in paris [link] is present.

Very unusual church of Saint-Jean-de-Montmartre (4 & 4a) is also located here. It is the first example of reinforced cement in church construction. Built from 1894 through 1904, it was designed by architect Anatole de Baudot, a student of Viollet-le-Duc, well known among so called "in-vain-builders". Construction was attended by skepticism over the properties of the new material. A lawsuit delayed construction, resulting in a demolition order that was not resolved until 1902, when construction was resumed.

The square Sehan Rictus, park connected to the Place des Abbesses, will offer you a place to get away (5) from shops and enjoy romantic Paris.

Here you will find the famous wall
"I love you" (5a), that is a huge blackboard dotted with 311 handwriting of "I love you" in 280 languages!

Even well known Paris closhards [modern word for them is homeless] are finding pleasant spot for themself here. (6)

Tip for visitors: Owner of the apartment we stayed nearby recommended us "Coquelicot" (7) eatery just few steps from the square. It is always extremely busy but it is worth trying. Small jazz band usually plays really nice music in front of it.

Nothing is missing, is it understandable now why this square scored a perfect 60 points?

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sociability
10
ceremonial
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uses & activities
10
religious
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access & linkages
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social
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comfort
10
residential
x
image
10
court yard or traffic circle
x
tourist value
10
with park
x
total
60
street, shopping
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