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Rue Francois Miron – Paris old houses

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Rue Francois Miron, one of the oldest streets in Paris

Rue Francois Miron is one of the oldest streets of Paris.

It replaces a section of the Roman road that linked Lutetia, antic Paris, to the city of Melun in the east.

It is located in the historic Marais, at the rear of St-Gervais-St-Protais Church.

This small enclave of the Quartier St-Gervais escaped demolition during Haussmann's renovation of Paris in the mid 19th century.

As you stroll along, you'll therefore come across fine listed mansions and houses that are among the oldest in Paris.

Maison du Faucheur and Maison du Mouton

The half-timbered Maison du Faucheur at no11 and Maison du Mouton at no13 were named after ancient shops signs, most likely inns (faucheur means reaper and mouton means sheep).

They were built in the 14th century, but were raised during the 16th century.

Therefore, only their ground-floors qualify them to be listed among the oldest houses in Paris.

In accordance with the former building regulation enforced in Paris their timber-framed facades were originally covered with plaster in order to limit fire hazard.

This rendering was removed during restoration work conducted in 1967 when André Malraux, the Minister of Culture, made the Marais a 'Secteur Protégé' (Protected Area).

La Maison du Mouton overlooks the narrow medieval Rue Cloche-Perce.

Both houses are truly stunning and worth a detour, as there is only a handful of medieval houses left in Paris.

They are both classified Historical Monuments.

Directions: 4th district - nos11-13 Rue Francois Miron
Metro: St-Paul or Hôtel-de-Ville on Line 1
Coordinates nos11-13 Rue Francois Miron: Lat 48.855794 - Long 2.356891

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