What is this secret passage behind the bookcase set rue du Quartier Latin?

Published by Rizhlaine F. · Photos by Cécile D. · Published on 19 January 2022 at 18h26
When walking across rue des anglais in the Latin Quarter of Paris, you may have noticed a strange bookcase. Perhaps your curiosity already led you to the temptation of grabbing one of the books to find a secret passage.

Paris has major landmarks, as well as very small secrets. If the early birds get the worm, then the French capital city has secrets she shows to those paying the most attention to details. So, when you happen to be roaming around the streets of Paris, keep your eyes wide open! You may run into a Parisian mystery.

If you happen to end up in the Latin Quarter area, go to rue des Anglais, and you may run into a funny bookcase. By the piece of furniture encased in a carved stone wall, a board explains the concept of this “street bookcase” in a few words: “Take, read, bring back”. This is very clear and once one’s curiosity is satisfied, one generally follows their path.

But the most curious bookworms yet can enjoy another mystery. When grabbing one of the books of this street bookcase (we will not tell you which), a mechanism activates and the piece of furniture actually is a door leading to a secret passage. You can only partially open it and see a very dark corridor, at the end of which you can see a door with a metal ornament. It definitely raises even more questions.

Congratulations, you have found the door to the Lieu Secret, a spot you can privatize and unveiling vaulted rooms especially common in the Latin Quarter. An original concept making us think of Diagon Alley, coming with its share to the mysteries of Paris!

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Dates and Opening Time
From 13 January 2022 to 13 January 2024



    2 Rue des Anglais
    75005 Paris 5

    Métro : Maubert-Mutualité (ligne 10)

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