Saturday, May 31, 2008

André Breton's Surrealism Manisfesto

André Breton
circa 1924

Fans of the early 20th century surrealism movement can get their fix on the Place du Panthéon. André Breton and Philippe Soupault co-wrote surrealism's manifesto Les champs magnétiques (The Magnetic Fields, 1921) while residing at 17, place du Panthéon, the address of the Hôtel des Grands Hommes. Breton moved in during the summer of 1918 and makes reference to the hotel in his book, Nadja.
What this means for us is that, for the price of a night's stay, we can check in and soak up all that authentic surrealist atmosphere. The hotel has been considerably upgraded since its days as a cheap respite for impoverished writers one hundred years ago.
The hotel’s name makes reference to the “great men” interred in the massive mausoleum across the street, the Panthéon. The handsome six story 18th century hotel building is now furnished in Empire style, with decorative medallions and walls upholstered in neoclassical toile de jouy fabrics.
Many of the rooms on the fifth and sixth floors have small balconies and face directly onto the Panthéon. The hotel is now classified as a three-star property and provides good value for money. The entire establishment was refurbished in 2002.
Métro: RER B Luxembourg

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