Two angels and a pigeon - all have wings - Angel holding a caduceus, Mercury's emblem for commerce and negotiation; palm leaves behind the cherubs symbolize victory Hôtel de Soubise, Paris
Guided Walks,  History

Angels of Paris Tour Marais

Two angels and a pigeon - all have wings - Angel holding a caduceus, Mercury's emblem for commerce and negotiation; palm leaves behind the cherubs symbolize victory Hôtel de Soubise, Paris
Two angels and a pigeon – all have wings – Angel holding a caduceus, Mercury’s emblem for commerce and negotiation; palm leaves behind the cherubs symbolize victory-Hôtel de Soubise

Scattered around the third and fourth arrondissements of Paris are sculpted angels on buildings. The buildings range in century ages from 1400s to 1600s to 1700s to 1800s to the early 1900s. After 1914, the angels become living relics of the past yet still enjoyable to admire.

To reach each of these sculptures, Rosemary Flannery took us on her Angels of Paris No. 2 guided walk, based on her book. Passing through passages to avoid street noise, through gardens, narrow medieval streets, we made a culinary stop at a modern chimney cake factory. On the tour, we heard architectural anecdotes about buildings with and without angels.

Doors opened and closed for us. We slipped through a locked door to view an historical courtyard when a resident held the door open for us. As we observed the false façade to protect the symmetry of the Jewish museum’s courtyard, the guard closed one of the doors for us to better hear Rosemary’s stories. She made the grey, chilly day quite warm and bright as she smiled and enjoyed telling the stories.

We began the visit at the Rambuteau metro entrance by the Centre Georges Pompidou and ended the visit at the northern Rambuteau entrance close to the angels of the Nicolas Flamel House. Rosemary gave us each a Marais map, courtesy of Parismarais.com to show our route. Later, she retraced our route on the map for whomever asked.

I recommend a walk through the Marais with Rosemary’s Angels of Paris No. 2 tour. Her book, Angels of Paris, provides all the details and more that Rosemary talks about on her tour. You can buy the book at English book stores in Paris, online and sometimes on her walks (let her know you want to buy one).

Enjoy the virtual photo tour below.

Angels of Paris book review

Read about the Angels of Paris No. 1 tour

Rosemary Flannery’s author page

Alma Cake Factory on Facebook

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Fluctuat nec mergitur "Il est battu par les flots, mais ne sombre pas": "She is tossed by the waves but does not sink" on the Paris coat of arms. The Latin phrase is found on the gardes républicains (Republican Guard calvary) and the Sapeurs Pompiers (medics/firemen) helmets.

This Web site and and its blog articles are for travelers to Paris who are looking for advice from someone who lives in Paris. These tips are "for Parisians at heart". Many people would like to visit, some can and some cannot - so I will help you enjoy a glimpse of the city and its surroundings. This project has been ongoing since 2002. Prior to living in Paris (since 1992) my European history began in the early 70s with three years in Wiesbaden, Germany. My next foray onto the Continent was in the mid-80s after graduation from the University of Florida (where I met Erik): traveling around Europe and UK with my friend, Margie, hitchhiking around and working in Ireland. After living and working as a journalist in Sweden for four years, traveling on boats, the Trans-Siberian Railway, local trains and planes took Erik and I around the world. I began working as a flight attendant in 1990 for American Airlines, based in Chicago. We moved to Paris, France in 1992 where I commuted between Paris and Chicago for my flight attendant/stewardess job. Finally my inner voice said "Stop!" and I left American Airlines six weeks shy of 20 years January 1, 2010. Now that is over and I am back working as a journalist and photographer full time on Colleensparis.com - My videos are posted on YouTube on the colleensparis youtube channel. and I am active in Toastmasters 75. Enjoy!