The Galerie Colbert

GalerieColbertParisFrance is a covered passage built by J. Billaud in 1826 to compete with a similar ‘Galerie’ nearby, the Galerie Vivienne. It was described at its opening as “the most beautiful covered arcade of the time”. However it never reached its rival’s success and was about to be demolished until it was listed as a historical monument in 1974. It was restored in the 1980s and is now a shopping arcade full of architectural wonders and chic boutiques.

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