It is located in the district synonymous with intellectual life, centering cafés and bars frequented by philosophers, writers, actors, and musicians. It is where Victor Hugo used to live, and the site of the famous Musée d’Orsay.
Designed by Victor Lalour for the 1900 Universal Exhibition, the former Gare d’Orsay stands on the site of two former state buildings, which, in the early 19th century, were left in ruins due to the Paris Commune fires of 1870 to 1871. The Orléans Railway Company bought over the plot of land in 1897, with a view to make it a railway station for trains serving Nantes, Bordeaux, and Toulouse. Construction was completed within 2 years, just in time for the ex...Read More