Photographer's Note

Square Jean-XXIII, named in honour of Pope John XXIII , is a large square in Paris, located in the 4th arrondissement. It was previously called square de l’Archevêché. The square, which is in the form of a garden, backs on to the Cathedral of Notre Dame and offers fine views of the chevet.

At this location during in the Middle Ages, there was an area of wasteland that was called: Motte aux Papelards or simply le Terrein, which was used as a recreation area by the whole of the church staff.

Later, the writer and poet Nicolas Boileau lived and died in a house which was on a street demolished in 1809 close to the location of the Fountain of the Virgin seen here on the right. This work by Alfonso Hale was added in 1845, a year after the creation of the square, which extends over an area of 10,797 square metres.

During the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871), the square was used as an artillery park.

The above was extracted and freely translated from an article on French Wikipedea.

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