Rue des Minimes, Paris
Here is what I know about Mersenne and the Minim house:
Where exactly is Mersenne's birthplace, Oize/Maine
I know it is near Le Mans.
Is there a map on the Internet?
- In 1619, Mersenne moved to the Minim "Convent of the Annunciation and
Saint François de Paule, just off the Place Royale", in Paris.
(Dear, pg 14)
- "[The Minims] were favored by French royalty"
- I recall reading something to the effect that Mersenne conducted his first Mass in
- "[The Minim house] was located two streets from the Palais Royal in the
Marais section of Paris on a street that is still called "rue des Minimes."
- "As favorites of the French royalty who often subvened the publication of
[Mersenne's] work, the Minim house was destroyed during the French Revolution."
- Their house was close to
- The Place Royale is now called the Place des Vosges
- Mersenne was probably buried in the convent graveyard. The graveyard itself
must be really buried by now. His grave may have been destroyed by the
revolutionaries. Same with the grave of the Minim founder, François
de Paule, in Tours(?).
There is a "rue des Minimes" in Paris, Orleans, Blois, Courbevoie, Compiegne,
Trest, and Bruxelles, Belgium and many more cities, I'm sure. There is
a Minim church in Bruxelles.
Click on picture to see enlargement
The Place de la Bastille is center, far right. The red
are Metro (subway) stations. Find the Chemin Vert Metro station
north of the Bastille, then go slightly east to find
rue des Minimes. The Cathedral of Notre Dame is in the lower left.
The Palais Royal (Musée du Louvre) is off the
of the Bastille.
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Le Marais and Place de la Bastille
In the center, east of the Chemin Vert Metro station is
rue des Minimes. Two blocks long, it runs east and
west. The beautiful Place
des Vosges is just to the south. The Place de la
is visible in the enlarged image.
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This is Timour's sketch illustrating where photographs 1, 2 and 3
(below) were taken.
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Facing west, the corner of rue des Minimes
and rue de Béarn. Also visible, to
the left, is the rear end of a Ford illegally parked
self-styled photographer [Timour Jgenti].
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Facing northeast, the corner of rue des Minimes
and rue de Béarn. The scofflaw Ford is
behind the camera.
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http://primes.utm.edu/mersenne/LukeMirror/rueminim.htm -- Revised: 21 Jul 1997
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