Rue de Rennes is a street in the 6th arrondissement in Paris (France). It is a major shopping artery on the left bank of the capital.

Rue de Rennes begins at Place du Québec and ends at Place du 18-Juin-1940. Rectilinear and north-south orientation, it measures more than a kilometer in length and twenty meters in width. Opened in the middle of the 19th century.

The street is named after the city of Rennes because in 1853, the street led to the “Rennes station” – today Paris-Montparnasse station – from which lines serving Brittany depart.

Rue de Rennes is an achievement of the Second Empire. It was originally supposed to join the Seine. It is for this reason that the numbering begins at 41, the previous numbers having been reserved for the part of the street which was to be built north of Boulevard Saint-Germain.

Main sights

No. 44: on March 22, 1895, the Lumière brothers gave their first public cinema screening there, in front of the Society for the Encouragement of National Industry.

No. 46: the painter Charles Wislin (1852-1932) resided there.

No. 50: above the door is a bas-relief depicting the dragon of Saint Marguerite made in 1732 by Paul-Ambroise Slodtz. The fresco presented today is a copy, the original being in the Louvre Museum.

No. 54: Charles Pigeon died there.

No 76: L’Arlequin cinema.

No. 112: former Crédit municipal de Paris building. Since 1983, André-Malraux library.

No. 129: the architect Theodor Josef Hubert Hoffbauer (1829-1922) lived there in 1868.

Nos. 136-138: former building of the Grand Bazar on rue de Rennes, inaugurated on September 29, 1906, by the architect Henri Gutton (who made his mark in Nancy with the Art Nouveau movement).

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20 arrondissements of Paris

Architecture of Paris

Museums of Paris

Entertainment in Paris

Bridges in Paris

Parks in Paris

Streets and squares in Paris

Shopping in Paris

Transport in Paris

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