Thursday Doors – Paris

This week we’re in Paris, close to Notre Dame Cathedral. Earlier this week it was announced that the safety work done since the devastating fire of 2019 is complete, and the restorations can now begin. It’s exciting to think that visitors might be able to return as soon as 2024!

For now though, Notre Dame remains surrounded by protective walls. Which means an up close and personal look isn’t possible. It was while I wandered the neighbourhood, catching glimpses of the cathedral between rooftops, that I turned up the curved rue Chanoinesse and noticed her.

This is the kind of door that means business. Old (17th century old), sturdy and dotted with studs to get its point across. I love stumbling across doors like this because I can’t help but wonder what secrets hide behind them.

It turns out the 12 rue Chanoinesse is a residential apartment building. 15 units are spread over the building’s 4 floors. And sadly, none of them belong to me.

Le sigh.

While investigating the address I discovered a new (to me) website that mentioned part of this building was once rented to the Aga Khan and his family. Seriously? Either that or he owned it. Explanations vary from source to source.

Also interesting is that the road itself was the main artery of the Notre Dame cloisters, and its name is a nod to the many clergymen (canons) who lived here throughout history. I love learning fascinating tidbits like this.


Thursday Doors is a weekly event facilitated by Dan. If you’re interested in participating, check out Dan’s blog.

12 thoughts on “Thursday Doors – Paris

  1. I wonder what the Aga Kahn thought of the loose electrical cables dangling next to this door. (More common in southern France, actually, than in Paris.)

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      1. Yes, now it’s working fine. I didn’t know this website, either, and am impressed at how comprehensive it is.

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  2. Fantastic door accompanied by a history lesson. Thank you! And how sad it must be to see, or not see, the Cathedral within the landscape of your day. I’ll not want to go back until she is completely ready for visitors once more.

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    1. When I was back in Paris just over a month after the fire there were police barricades quite a distance back. I remember standing a couple of blocks back, shocked and trying to not cry in public, at my first sight of the devastation. I look forward to getting back up close.

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  3. That’s a great door and some wonderful bits of information and history. That’s one of the things I like about doors like this. They compel us do look into their past and to learn many new things. Thanks for sharing what you learned!

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