If you are not Parisian, you probably don’t know that behind numerous boulevards in the city hide more or less secret paths, that we call “the covered passages” and that shelter top of the range shopping galleries.
Built for the majority in 19th century, these galleries drilled in the middle of buildings and surmounted by window ceilings constitute a typical architectural curiosity of Paris. The majority of the passage house shops, tearooms or restaurants. The covered passages are arches built between buildings to improve the trafic and create shopping malls. The Parisians appreciate to walk while contemplating the tempting shop windows, shielded from the rain and from the mud, because at that time, sidewalks didn’t exist in Paris.
Situated on the right bank of the Seine and near the Grand boulevards, these structures were created for rich customers. The fashion of the passages began to decline from 1860 with the arrangement of department stores on the Grand boulevards drilled during the works of the baron Hausmann.