Les Misérables and Église Saint-Merri

A few weeks ago, Cynthia Haven, a visiting writer for Stanford University, contacted me regarding the use of my photos of Église Saint-Merri. Yesterday, she sent me a link to her article, “Enjoy Les Miserables. But Please Get the History Straight.” It’s a fun read that clears up a few common misconceptions and provides historical context for the story.

- Nichole


  1. Carol Lee Beckx
    December 29, 2012

    Thanks for this link – your photos add so much atmosphere to the article.

  2. Susan
    December 30, 2012

    An interesting read (followed link)…did not know the details of Hugo getting caught in the gunfire!

  3. Milsters
    December 30, 2012

    Hmmm, definitely good to know! Thanks for sharing :)



  4. Sara
    January 15, 2013

    such nice photos, and this link reminded me that the city of Paris was redesigned (wider streets) to protect it from ever being barricaded again.
    “Baron Georges Eugene Haussmann (1809-1892) was appointed by Napoleon III on June 22, 1853 to “modernize” Paris. In this way, Napoleon III hoped to better control the flow of traffic, encourage economic growth, and make the city “revolution-proof” by making it harder to build barricades. Haussmann accomplished all this by tearing up many of the old, twisting streets and dilapidated apartment houses, and replacing them with the wide, tree-lined boulevards and expansive gardens which Paris is famous for today.”

    so interesting, especially today when we think about design in so many ways.


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