The most impressive caryatids in Paris

Published by Tiana R. · Published on 18 December 2021 at 16h04
Each corner of Paris has a special feature. Former store, ruins from the past, commemorative plate, or even remarkable caryatids. Open your eyes (and your mouth perhaps) and admire the most impressive caryatids in Paris.

They are dazzling. Often dressed on a few Paris building façades, caryatids are unique and always breathtaking statues to admire. To avoid roaming around Paris to see them, here are places with the most impressive caryatids in Paris (non-exhaustive list. If you have found others, let us know).

One speaks of caryatid when a female statue is used as a column for a building. The same way one speaks of atlantes for a male statue supporting a wall.

Société de Géographie, 184 boulevard Saint-Germain - Paris 6th

While waiting to discover the mysterious inside of the La Société de Géographie de Paris, one of the oldest savant societies in France, let us admire the façade and the caryatids. The two statues greeting visitors represent the Earth and the Sea. The two elements surround a globe sculpted in 1878 by Emile Soldi too.

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80 avenue Daumesnil - Paris 12th

One of my favorite caryatids in Paris by far. Or would I rather say “atlantes” since the giant statues towering over the main police headquarters of Paris 12th arrondissement are males. And more precisely, these are an imitation of Michelangelo’sDying Slave”. Once you have noticed them, you can no longer be in the area without admiring them from all sides.

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53 rue de Turbigo - Paris 3rd

Probably the biggest caryatid in Paris. The mysterious angel of the rue de Turbigo, the biggest caryatid in Paris is said to have been created by architect Auguste Emile Delange. It represents a woman dressed in a long Antique tunic holding a sprig of myrrh and a little purse. Have you noticed it already?

 
 
 
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Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière / rue d’Abbeville - Paris 10th

These are twin sisters on the façade of a revenue house. The caryatids at the corner of rue du Faubourg Poissonnière and rue d’Abbeville have been made at the same time as the building, in 1899, by architect Georges Massa.

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Rue de Crimée / rue Meynadier 

“Careful, balcony under construction”. On the second floor of 97bis rue de Crimée, two statues are consolidating the balcony above their heads. The two atlantes at the corner of rue de Crimée and rue Meynadier respectively hold a trowel and a chisel. They have all they need to build a building worthy of its name, have they not?

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