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1st Arrondissement

Passage des Deux Pavillons

Steps from the Palais Royale, connecting Rue de Beaujolais and Rue des Petits Champs
Paris, 75001, France

The acoustic appeal of the crooked Passage des Deux Pavillons, a short, hidden alleyway adjacent to the shops abutting the Palais Royale, has made it a favorite among local opera singers, who occasionally come to practice here on Sunday afternoons at 4 p.m., rain or shine. The solo performers, all professionals from opera companies, provide lucky bystanders and passing pedestrians with atmospheric—and free—impromptu recitals. By the mid-1800’s there were 150 of these arcades, but today only 18 remain, many on the Right Bank.

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