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.
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’s “Dying Slave”. Once you have noticed them, you can no longer be in the area without admiring them from all sides.
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.
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?