Paris, France

The Covered Passages of Paris

The Covered Passages of Paris

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15 tour stops



This tour will immerse you in 19th century Paris.

2 min

Galerie Véro Dodat

This covered passage is emblematic of the Restoration Period in France

7 min

Galeries de Bois

The Galeries de Bois were the prototypes of the Parisian covered passages

4 min

The Gardens of Palais Royal

In the 19th century many covered passages were constructed around Palais Royal

4 min

Passage des Deux Pavillons

This passage shows how entrepreneurs at that time attracted crowds from Palais Royal

2 min

Galerie Vivienne

This gallery is probably the most famous covered passage in all of Paris

5 min

Galerie Colbert

Inaugurated in 1827, Galerie Colbert was built to compete with Galerie Vivienne

5 min

Passage Choiseul

Passage Choiseul was where renowned writer Louis Ferdinand Céline grew up

5 min

Rue des Colonnes

This arcaded street was inspired by the galleries of Palais Royal

2 min

La Bourse

La Bourse is in the neoclassical style, developped at the beginning of the 19th c.

3 min

Passage des Panoramas

This long passageway was one of the first ever of its kind to be built in Paris

5 min

Théâtre des Variétés

The history of Theatre des Variétés is inseparable from that of the passage

2 min

Musée Grévin

Musée Grevin was built in 1881 after the fashionable period of covered passages

2 min

Passage Jouffroy

Passage Jouffroy represents technological progress of the 19th c.

4 min

Passage Verdeau

Passage Verdeau was one of the last passages built before their decline

5 min


This tour will immerse you in 19th century Paris. In these galleries of more than 2 centuries old, safely tucked away from the outside world, we will trace the footsteps of the French bourgeoisie of the beginning of the industrial era. Many of these old covered passages have remained untouched since the beginning of the 19th century. Ancestors of today’s shopping malls, they represent the passage of a medieval Paris to a new urban period.

Voice by Anna Wu-Chauvineau

Itinerary 2.6 km / 2:30

Offline map included

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