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Rue de Rivoli
Street plate
Shown within Paris
NamesakeBattle of Rivoli
Length3,070 m (10,070 ft)
Width20.78 m (68.2 ft) along the Jardin des Tuileries; 22 m elsewhere
Arrondissement1st, 4th
QuarterSaint-Germain l'Auxerrois. Halles. Palais Royal. place Vendôme. Saint-Merri. Saint-Gervais.
Coordinates48°51′24.90″N 2°21′13.22″E / 48.8569167°N 2.3536722°E / 48.8569167; 2.3536722
From45 rue François Miron and 1 rue de Sévigné
Toplace de la Concorde and 2 rue Saint-Florentin
CompletionMay 3, 1848
DenominationApril 25, 1804

Rue de Rivoli (French pronunciation: [ʁyʁivɔli]; English: "Rivoli Street") is a street in central Paris, France. It is a commercial street whose shops include leading fashionable brands.[citation needed] It bears the name of Napoleon's early victory against the Austrian army, at the Battle of Rivoli, fought on 14–15 January 1797.[citation needed] Developed by Napoleon through the heart of the city, it includes on one side the north wing of the Louvre Palace and the Tuileries Gardens.

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This stroll starts just beyond the rue d’Alger, on the rue de Rivoli. We are walking east, on the north side of the street. Across the street on the right are the Tuileries Gardens. Ahead of us the street is very long and straight, with a long series of arcades like this. On this part of the street, most of the shops cater to tourists. They are mostly either souvenir shops or places to eat. The quality of the souvenirs varies a lot, with something for every budget. You can get really cheap stuff for people to whom you really don’t want to give gifts. Or you can get quite nice stuff for yourself or people you really care about. There are a few nice/pricey hotels on the street, like this one on the left. Practically everyone you see during this stroll is a tourist. This intersection coming up is the place des Pyramides. The golden statue is Joan of Arc. And yes, it’s real gold. This is also where the Tuileries Gardens give way to the Louvre, on the left. Best to check carefully for traffic. Another reasonably fancy hotel on the left. These stores sell lots of berets, even though French people don’t wear berets. This store on the left sells all sorts of fancy French gourmet foods. The street gets more crowded as we get closer to the entrance to the Louvre. There’s a McDonalds right here on the corner, you can just barely see the logo. An ATM on the left. ATMs are plentiful in Paris, which is very convenient. Tour buses on the right. Yup, we’re getting closer to the Louvre entrance. Food to go on the left. Hungry? We’re almost right across from the shopping center under the Louvre. So the crowd gets really thick, and the scaffolding doesn’t help. It’s a madhouse, a MADHOUSE! (Apologies to Charleton Heston.) This cross street passes right in front of the Louvre Pyramid. And barely visible on the right is the entrance to the Carrousel shopping center. This is the plaza in front of the Palais Royal, coming up. There was some construction going on, so I decided to stop here for now. Thank you for watching my video.


The Rue de Rivoli is an example of a transitional compromise between an environment of prestigious monuments and aristocratic squares, and the results of modern town-planning by municipal authorities.

Rue de Rivoli between the north wing of the Louvre Palace (left) and the Louvre Saint-Honoré building (right)
The same spot in 1900
Rue de Rivoli as it runs through Le Marais, in Paris' 4th arrondissement

The new street that Napoleon developed through the heart of Paris includes on one side the north wing of the Louvre Palace, (which Napoleon extended) and the Tuileries Gardens. Upon completion, it was the first time that a wide, well designed and aesthetically pleasing street bound the north wing of the Louvre Palace. Napoleon's original section of the street opened up eastward from the Place de la Concorde. Builders on the north side of the Place Louis XV, (as it then was named) between the Rue de Mondovi and Rue Saint-Florentin, had been constrained by letters patent in 1757 and 1758 to follow a single façade plan. The result was a pleasing uniformity, and Napoleon's planners extended a similar program, which resulted in the arcades and facades that extend for almost a mile along the street.[citation needed]

The restored Bourbon King Charles X continued the Rue de Rivoli eastwards from the Louvre, as did King Louis-Philippe. Finally, Emperor Napoleon III extended it into the 17th-century quarter of Le Marais (see: Right Bank). Beneath the Rue de Rivoli runs one of the main brick-vaulted, oval-sectioned sewers of Paris' much-imitated system, with its sidewalks for the sewer workers.[citation needed]

In 1852, opposite the wing of the Louvre, Baron Haussmann enlarged the Place du Palais-Royal that is centred on the baroque Palais Royal, built for Cardinal Richelieu in 1624 and willed to the royal family, with its garden surrounded by fashionable commercial arcades. At the rear of the garden is the older branch of the Bibliothèque Nationale, in the Rue Richelieu.[citation needed]

North of the Rue de Rivoli, at the point where the Grands Boulevards crossed an enormous new square, the new opera house was built. The Opera Garnier is a monument to the construction of the Second Empire. Just behind the opera house can be found the largest department stores, such as the Galeries Lafayette and Printemps.[citation needed]

East along the Rue de Rivoli, at the Place des Pyramides, is the gilded statue of Joan of Arc, situated close to where she was wounded at the Saint-Honoré Gate in her unsuccessful attack on English-held Paris, on September 8, 1429. A little further along, towards the Place de la Concorde, the Rue de Castiglione leads to the Place Vendôme, with its Vendôme Column surmounted by the effigy of Napoleon Bonaparte. He began the building of the street in 1802; it was completed in 1865. A plaque at no. 144 commemorates the assassination there of the Huguenot leader Admiral Gaspard II de Coligny, in the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre of 1572.[citation needed]

In April 2020 the Mayor of Paris announced that cars would be banned throughout summer 2020, suggesting the ban could be made permanent. This is part of the ongoing measures to reduce car use within Paris.[1]

See also


  1. ^ Reid, Carlton (30 April 2020). "Au Revoir Les Automobiles: Paris Closes Rue De Rivoli To Cars". Forbes. Retrieved 18 October 2020.

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