Discover Paris : Places Not To Be Missed – Famous Women Of Paris

This month, retrace the footsteps of some of Paris’ most celebrated and acclaimed women and discover their personal achievements as well as their contributions to society. From science to politics, from cinema to religion, these places are just a few that are not to be missed.

Marie Curie & The Institut Curie

The construction of the Institut Radium started in 1911 and includes the physics and chemistry laboratories run by Marie. On the ground floor of the former Institut Radium, the Institut Curie displays scientific instruments that were used until the end of the 1930s, particularly those that enabled the production of the world’s first artificial radioelements. It is here that in January 1934, Frédéric and Irène Joliot-Curie discovered artificial radioactivity.

1 rue Pierre et Marie Curie, 75005, Paris, M° Place Monge

George Sand & The Museum Of The Romantics

Standing at the foot of Montmartre, the Museum was once the home of Dutch-born artist, Ary Scheffer who moved there in 1830. Scheffer was a fashionable portrait painter and would entertain prestigious guests in his working studio, such as George Sand, Chopin and Delacroix. The Museum displays numerous mementos of the romantic literary figure George Sand, including family portraits, household possessions, pieces of jewellery and memorabilia, plus a number of her own unique and rare watercolour paintings, known as “dendrites”.

16 rue Chaptal, 75009, Paris, M° Saint-Georges

Sainte Geneviève & The Saint-etienne-du-mont Church

At first, there was the church of Apostles Peter and Paul, built under the reign of King Clovis who was buried here with his wife Clotilde, as well as Saint Geneviève. In the Middle Ages, it was converted into an important royal abbey under the same name. The abbey church was devastated during the French Revolution and the relics of Saint Geneviève were burnt. Saint-Etienne du Mont then inherited the relics of and the devotion to Saint Geneviève.

30 rue Descartes, 75005, Paris, M° Cardinal Lemoine

Edith Piaf & Her Museum

Visit the Museum and private apartment of Edith Piaf, and enter into the universe of the singer famous for ‘La Vie en Rose’ and ‘Milord’. The famous performer lived in this little apartment in the Ménilmontant district at the start of her career. Discover a display of numerous personal objects from the artist and, of course, her synonymous black dress, for which she earned the nickname of ‘The Little Sparrow’.

5 rue Crespin du Gast, 75011, Paris, M° Ménilmontant

The Louise Michel Square Of Montmartre

Best known for its 222 steps leading up to the Sacré Cœur Basilica, Square Louise Michel was built in 1927 and extends upwards along Montmartre Hill. A network of gently sloping paths runs alongside the gardens. The square is very popular with visitors as it offers breath-taking views over Paris, and is frequented by artists who come to entertain the crowds. Square Louise Michel boasts luxuriant vegetation, historical monuments and fountains to be admired as part of a Montmartre tour.

Place Saint-Pierre, 75018, Paris, M° La Chapelle