Passy, formerly an independent municipality on the right bank of the Seine, which was incorporated on January 1, 1860, together with other suburbs to Paris, gave the 16th district its name. The present city district of Passy, which goes far beyond the borders of the former village, is an exclusive neighborhood in which mainly the upscale and affluent upper middle class is located.

Back in 1939, knew the writer Léon- Paul Fargue to report on this part of Paris: " Passy is a large province, where families know each other, to observe and sometimes hate, if only one at their weekly, monthly or annual tea and more guests, more politicians or poets had than the other. Neither the proletariat nor poor have a place in this eternal Garden Party, which year after year takes place between the Place Victor- Hugo and the Seine. "

Notable people who have lived in Passy

Passy was the residence of Benjamin Franklin during his nine -year stay in France (1777-1786) at the time of the American War of Independence, from where he received the French support the independence struggle alive. His small print, called the Passy Press put forth pamphlets, but also badges, and the treatise Perpetual Peace Project for A ( 1782 ). This was mainly related to the peace in Europe. Franklin called for a pan-European Council, in which the international issues would be discussed.

When Franklin returned to America, wrote the new American ambassador to France, Thomas Jefferson: "When he left Passy, it Seemed as if the village had lost its patriarch. "

Alexandre Le Riche de La Pouplinière (1693-1762) of the tax-farmers ( Ferme générale ) and patron of many famous musicians and artists acquired in 1747 a castle in Passy.

Gioachino Rossini ( composer of opera, The Barber of Seville ), moved here in 1855 a villa where he lived until his death in 1868. Here he created in 1863 and his last major composition, the Petite Messe solennelle.

The French writer and philologist François- Juste -Marie Raynouard also spent the last years of his life in Passy, as the historian Joseph François Michaud.

Victor Hugo was also a long time resident in Passy, where he died in the house No. 124 that is now named after him Avenue in 1885.

Since Passy was formerly a rural idyll near the city, and later one of the preferred residential areas of the capital have here - at least temporarily - home to many famous people. Preferred addresses this were:

In this context, it is also the Rue Berton worth mentioning that forms the back door of Balzac's mansion on the rue Raynouard and over which the writer took to flight, when his creditors times moved him back to his body. The former Rue du Roc was given its present name after the nearby Rue Berton was renamed the Rue d' Ankara. This street was once the famous sanatorium of Dr. Blanche, in which the writer Gérard de Nerval and Guy de Maupassant - treated - unsuccessfully.

Another sought-after address in the 16th arrondissement has always been the location in the old village of Auteuil extension of the Rue Raynouard, Rue La Fontaine. Among other things, the writer Marcel Proust was born.


The Place du Trocadéro on the highest point of the Chaillot Hill has undoubtedly the best view of the standing beyond the Seine Eiffel Tower. There, the Palais de Chaillot rises with the Naval Museum ( Musée de la marine ), the Ethnographic Museum (Musee de l' homme ) and a museum of architectural history ( Cité de l'architecture ). In the south east the Chaillot Palace, a generously laid out, flanked by the two green areas of the Jardins du Trocadéro fountains is upstream. The eastern part of the garden runs the hidden underground "Aquarium du Trocadero ".

There is a cemetery, the Cimetière de Passy, which is bordered on the southwest by the Place du Trocadéro on the rue du Commandant Schœlsing No. 2. It houses among others the tombs of Pearl White ( American silent film star ), the painters Édouard Manet, Berthe Morisot and the composer Claude Debussy and Gabriel Fauré. Other attractions include the Maison de Balzac in the Rue Raynouard No. 47 as well as the Musée du Vin Rue des Eaux in near Metro station Passy, which is served by the line 6.