Route of the Javert-Valjean chase in Paris

Any research done in relation to the period of Les Misérables, whether for fanfiction or fanart purposes or otherwise.
User avatar
Marianne
Posts: 1724
Joined: Sun Jul 30, 2006 2:20 pm
Location: Paris
Contact:

Route of the Javert-Valjean chase in Paris

Postby Marianne » Tue Dec 28, 2010 7:17 am

The read-through thread for "À chasse noire, meute muette" finally gave me the necessary kick in the pants to post my last round of Paris photos--Valjean's flight through the Left Bank of Paris and Javert's pursuit. My guide for all of this was the invaluable book companion to Carnavalet's "Paris au temps des Misérables" exhibit, which also furnished me details on the inspirations and probable location of the convent.

If you want to be able to visualize all this on a map, just type any of the street names below into Google maps, i.e. "rue tournefort, paris."

So Valjean has left the Boulevard de l'Hôpital and plunged into the neighborhood of the Rue Mouffetard. "He combined in various ways, in clever strategies, the rue Censier and the rue Copeau, the rue du Battoir-Saint-Victor and the rue du Puits-l'Ermite."

Rue Censier:
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... nsier2.jpg
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... nsier1.jpg

The rue Copeau has been renamed rue Lacépède:
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... epede1.jpg
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... epede2.jpg

The rue du Battoir-Saint-Victor has been renamed rue de Quatrefages:
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... fages1.jpg
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... fages2.jpg

Rue du Puits de l'Ermite:
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... rmite1.jpg
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... rmite2.jpg

"...as eleven o'clock sounded at the church of St-Étienne-du-Mont, he was crossing the rue de Pontoise in front of the police commissioner's office at number 14."

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... toise1.jpg
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... toise2.jpg
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... toise3.jpg

"He made a circuit, turned by the passage des Patriarches which was closed because of the time, paced along the rue de l'Épée-de-Bois and the rue de l'Arbalète, and sank into the rue des Postes."

Passage des Patriarches:
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... rches1.jpg
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... rches2.jpg
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... rches3.jpg

Rue de l'Arbalète:
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... alete2.jpg
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... alete1.jpg

The rue des Postes has been renamed the rue Lhomond, but the old name persists in the Passage des Postes that connects it to the rue Mouffetard:
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... ostes1.jpg
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... ostes2.jpg

Rue Lhomond:
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... omond2.jpg
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... omond1.jpg

"There, there is an intersection where today the Collège Rollin stands, and where the rue Neuve-Ste-Geneviève branches off."

The intersection (Place Lucien Herr):
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... nherr2.jpg
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... nherr1.jpg

The rue Neuve-Ste-Geneviève is currently named the rue Tournefort, and it was the location of the real convent Hugo based the fictional Petit-Picpus on.
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... efort4.jpg (the old name is still visible carved onto the side of the building)
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... efort1.jpg
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... efort2.jpg
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... efort3.jpg (looking down a side street)
Location of the convent:
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... efort5.jpg
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... efort6.jpg
Another old street-name carving on an adjacent street:
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... nville.jpg

And Valjean makes his break for the Jardin des Plantes and the Pont d'Austerlitz: "He left behind him the rue de la Clef, then the Saint-Victor fountain..."

Rue de la Clef:
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... aclef1.jpg
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... aclef2.jpg

Pont d'Austerlitz:
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... rlitz1.jpg
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... rlitz2.jpg

Once Valjean gets over the bridge Hugo starts completely making up the geography, but the smart folks at Carnavalet have figured out that the closest modern street to the Petit-Picpus convent would be the rue Traversière near the Gare de Lyon:

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... siere1.jpg
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... siere2.jpg

Aaaaand in the actul Picpus neighborhood of Paris was the convent of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary of the Perpetual Adoration, with its super-creepy garden adjoining the Cimetière de Picpus, which contains a mass grave of guillotine victims from 1794. Ask me about the time I went in here when I wasn't welcome, almost got locked in overnight, heard phantom singing from the empty church, and was half-seriously considering calling a_marguerite to have me smuggled out in a coffin.

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... cpus16.jpg
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... cpus02.jpg
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... cpus03.jpg
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... cpus04.jpg
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... cpus05.jpg
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... cpus06.jpg
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... cpus07.jpg
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... cpus08.jpg
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... cpus09.jpg
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... cpus10.jpg
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... cpus11.jpg
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... cpus12.jpg
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... cpus14.jpg
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/ ... cpus15.jpg
[Dieu] entend ta voix, ô fille des hommes! aussi bien que celle des constellations; car rien n'est petit pour celui devant lequel rien n'est grand.
- George Sand, Les sept cordes de la lyre

Ulkis
Posts: 1342
Joined: Tue Jun 03, 2008 3:41 am

Re: Route of the Javert-Valjean chase in Paris

Postby Ulkis » Tue Dec 28, 2010 5:46 pm

Aaaah one of those stone tombs has a large crack in it someone needs to fix that.

Hmm, I wonder if those nuns buried there are supposed to be the nuns portrayed in the movie Le dialogue des Carmélites.

I seriously would have started screaming my lungs off if I had almost been locked in at night, because I am a wimp.

Very cool pictures, thank you for sharing.

User avatar
Marianne
Posts: 1724
Joined: Sun Jul 30, 2006 2:20 pm
Location: Paris
Contact:

Re: Route of the Javert-Valjean chase in Paris

Postby Marianne » Wed Dec 29, 2010 1:11 am

Yeah the cemetery wasn't in great repair. And honestly the creepiest part was how completely deserted the place was--gave a whole new meaning to "silence of the tomb." I am fully prepared to believe that Hugo visited this place and got his inspiration for the creepy convent-garden-at-night scenes from it.
[Dieu] entend ta voix, ô fille des hommes! aussi bien que celle des constellations; car rien n'est petit pour celui devant lequel rien n'est grand.

- George Sand, Les sept cordes de la lyre

User avatar
Wolf_Of_Mankind
Posts: 90
Joined: Sat Sep 25, 2010 3:29 pm

Re: Route of the Javert-Valjean chase in Paris

Postby Wolf_Of_Mankind » Mon Jan 17, 2011 11:18 pm

I bow to your intense research skills. :shock: Love this.
"Have courage for the great sorrows in life and patience for the small ones, and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake."
~Victor Hugo



*Lovely icon by Eppie Sue

User avatar
Trompe-la-Mort
Posts: 599
Joined: Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:45 pm
Location: Paisley, Scotland

Re: Route of the Javert-Valjean chase in Paris

Postby Trompe-la-Mort » Wed Feb 23, 2011 9:36 am

Yippie, I am not the only one crazy enough to look those kinds of things up...
Actually, I also followed the route, but after dark, so it was creepier and most of the pictures are shit. Takes approximately one and a half hours (including taking pictures) until crossing the bridge, when I had to return to my hostel in order not to be locked out for the night...
Dark sarcasm ought to be taught at schools!

camila
Posts: 1
Joined: Fri May 03, 2013 8:15 am

Re: Route of the Javert-Valjean chase in Paris

Postby camila » Fri May 03, 2013 8:29 am

I really like it! I'll always appreciate your brief sharing in this awesome stuffs :roll: :)

User avatar
Aurelia Combeferre
Posts: 8847
Joined: Mon Nov 13, 2006 9:57 am
Location: somewhere with the abased
Contact:

Re: Route of the Javert-Valjean chase in Paris

Postby Aurelia Combeferre » Fri May 03, 2013 8:31 am

Hello Camila! Why don't you drop us a line in the Introductions post too? :)
"...all aptitudes having equal opportunity; politically, all votes having equal weight; religiously, all consciences having equal rights."

User avatar
Auf die Barrikaden
Posts: 715
Joined: Mon May 23, 2011 2:36 pm
Location: In the heart of the city we claim as our own!
Contact:

Re: Route of the Javert-Valjean chase in Paris

Postby Auf die Barrikaden » Thu May 09, 2013 6:57 pm

Resident Les Miz prop expert and collector
Non licet omnibus adire Corinthum
Former Roles: Jesus (Jesus Christ Superstar), Dr Orin Scrivello (Little Shop of Horrors), Ensemble Cameo (Fame)


Return to “Nerdy Fannish Research”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests