Quai d'Orsay

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Coordinates: 48 ° 52 '  N , 2 ° 19'  E

Quai d'Orsay
Arrondissement 7th
quarter Invalid
Beginning Pont de la Concorde and Rue Aristide-Briand
The End Pont de l'Alma and Place de la Résistance
length 1270 m
width 29 m
Emergence 1705
designation Decree of March 11, 1808
Original names Quai Bonaparte
Quai de la Grenouillère
Paris 6874

The Quai d'Orsay [ kɛdɔʀˈsɛ ] is a waterfront street in the 7th arrondissement in Paris .


The road begins at the Pont de la Concorde bridge, built between 1788 and 1791 , follows the course of the Seine on the Rive Gauche and ends at the Pont de l'Alma bridge and the Place de la Résistance .

Comparable to the terms White House for the US government , Downing Street No. 10 for the government of the United Kingdom or historically Wilhelmstrasse for the German government, Quai d'Orsay also became a metonymy for the Foreign Ministry of the French Republic , which has had its seat there since 1853.

The Palais Bourbon , seat of the Assemblée nationale , and the Hôtel de Lassay , official residence of its President, are on this quai near the ministries.

Name origin

The street bears the name of Charles Boucher d'Orsay , (feudal) lord ( French seigneur ) of Orsay, councilor in the Parlement de Paris and Prévôt des marchands when work on the quai began in 1707.


From 1705, Charles Boucher d'Orsay had the construction of a first stretch of road to the west , starting from the Pont Royal , built by Jacques IV. Gabriel from 1685 to 1689 according to plans by Jules Hardouin-Mansart , to advance the construction of a first stretch of road towards the west 1800 until the Pont de la Concorde was completed. First named after Boucher d'Orsay, this street was renamed Quai Bonaparte under the consulate and has been called Quai Anatole France since 1947 .

The opening of the Pont Royal in 1689 and the construction of this first part of the quay from 1705 contributed significantly to the development of the city towards the west, which began in the 18th century and which came to an abrupt end when the revolution broke out.

From 1722, at a time when the area beyond the later Pont de la Concorde was still a marshy river bank, which was followed by an open area covered with vegetable fields, which extended to the Esplanade des Invalides , Louise Françoise left de Bourbon , Mademoiselle de Nantes, widowed princess of Condé, a legitimate daughter of Louis XIV and Madame de Montespan , as well as her close friend and advisor, Armand de Lesparre, marquis de Lassay build two stately palaces there on neighboring properties : the Palais Bourbon , built between 1722 and 1728 by Lassurance, Gabriel and Aubert based on plans by Ghirardini, and the Hôtel de Lassay , built by Ghirardini, Lassurance and Aubert. Today the National Assembly meets in the Palais Bourbon , while the Hôtel de Lassay serves as the official residence of its President.

It was only under the First Empire in 1808 that the decision was taken to extend the quay through the gardens of these two palaces that stretched to the banks of the Seine. After the fall of Bonaparte in 1815, the original name was reverted to this second section of the street, which was created behind the Pont de la Concorde . It is today's Quai d'Orsay.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs building was built between 1844 and 1855 based on a design by the architect Lacornée. The sculptor Triqueti added the facade statues in 1870.

The Musée d'Orsay , the former Gare d'Orsay, is located around 500 m upstream on Quai Anatole France .

Remarkable structures


  • Jacques Hillairet: Dictionnaire historique des rues de Paris . Ed. de Minuit, Paris 1965.
  • Jan Colson: Dictionnaire des Monuments de Paris . Hervas, Paris 1993, ISBN 2-903118-66-3 .

Web links

Commons : Quai d'Orsay  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. The official website of the Ministry: www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/
  2. Not to be confused with the Cathédrale américaine de Paris