Some might wonder what’s so special about this tiny square, but others are like me and love it without knowing why: Place Furstemberg, another charming hidden square in Paris.
Although it’s in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, streets leading there are not among the busiest, and it’s very easy to miss if you don’t know it.
One of the smallest squares in Paris (not even considered a roundabout by Parisian driving priority rules), its charm essentially comes, I guess, from architectural regularity, the majesty of its main tree (a paulownia), and its central five-lamps streetlight that gives a theatrical atmosphere to the place early in the evening.
At an angle of the square, Eugène Delacroix, one of the most important French Romantic painters (La Liberté guidant le peuple, his most famous masterpiece, recently moved to the brand new Louvre Lens, in the North of France) had his last residence and studio, while he worked for the decoration of neighbouring Saint-Sulpice church.
Now it is the small Delacroix museum, displaying some of his works (but most of them are at the Louvre) and other painters of the same time. If you want to visit it, choose a sunny day, as you will be able to enjoy the small but charming garden next to former Delacroix’s atelier.
Place Furstemberg | Art & culture, Relaxing
Rue de Furstemberg
24 hours daily