NileGuide Expert Says:
A Romantic hideaway in the heart of Pigalle
16 Rue Chaptal, Paris, France
01 55 31 95 67
NileGuide Expert tip:
In summer, make time to dally in the delightful garden tea-room
Reached by a tree-lined path, this house could almost be in the countryside, yet it is in an area between Montmartre and the Grands Boulevards once known as New Athens, for the number of artists, writers and thinkers who came to live here between 1820 and 1860. Built in 1830, the mansion and studios were owned by the artist Ary Scheffer who counted just about everyone who was anyone in the Romantic movement among his friends. George Sand and her partner Frederick Chopin, the composers Rossini and Liszt and the painter Delacroix, were all neighbours and frequent visitors. Dickens, Turgenev and and Berlioz were among other guests. Today, the city of Paris has restored it in homage to the Romantics. Visitors can see memorabilia such as Sand's jewellery while Chopin's music plays in the background. As well as the permanent exhibition, there are occasional temporary exhibitions.