Rue des Thermopyles

May 3, 2011By Louis FraysseSecret Paris

As Narrow as Termopylae

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The Rue des Thermopyles in Paris’s 14th arrondissement. Photo: Louis Fraysse

The Rue des Thermopyles is so-named because the street is as narrow as the pass where the legendary battle of Thermopylae was fought in 480 B.C. The cobblestoned, plant-filled, cat-friendly Rue des Thermopyles, off the busy Rue Raymond Losserand in Paris’s 14th arrondissement, is home to a number of artists and has an active neighborhood association. As you stroll through the picturesque pedestrian street, you might find books or furniture left out by the residents for passersby to take home. Many walls are covered with graffiti, including one piece by famous French graffiti artist Miss Tic. The street features in Alexander Payne’s touching segment on the 14th arrondissement in the 2006 film Paris Je t’Aime, in which an American tourist relates her first trip to Paris.

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