• LOCATION 22 | Highlights Around Parc Montsouris: From Hidden Water to Secret Villages

    Emperor Julian street

    Emperor Julian street on Paris audio tour Highlights Around Parc Montsouris: From Hidden Water to Secret Villages

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    This street is named after Roman emperor Julian or Flavius Claudius Julianus. He used Paris as his winter base to wage war against Germanic tribes, like the Franks and the Alemanni. And yes, "Paris", for Civitas Parisiorum, or Urbs Parisiorum, the city of the Parisii, none of that Lutèce nonsense anymore! He slept on île de la Cité, the island on the Seine, and nearly died in his room from carbon monoxide asphyxiation because of a badly ventilated fireplace.

    He was nicknamed “Julian the apostate” because he was the last major pagan Roman emperor, others before and after him were Christians. Our local culture at the time was quite mixed: various pagan pantheons and Christianity, us Celts could be key advisors to a Roman emperor etc. French identity, even before the region became France, has always kept changing, it was never monolithic. Talking about stones, ready for a surprise? Take a very sharp right at the end of this street corner, after the manhole cover, stop there, and look down. First, you’ll see another manhole cover and next to it something very special.

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Highlights Around Parc Montsouris: From Hidden Water to Secret Villages