|Pont de la Concorde and Rue Aristide-Briand
|Pont de l'Alma and Place de la Résistance
|Decree of March 11, 1808
Quai de la Grenouillère
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.
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 Musée d'Orsay , the former Gare d'Orsay, is located around 500 m upstream on Quai Anatole France .
- No. 37: Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- No. 41: Seat of the Association of Mayors of France . During the First World War there was a hospital of the Italian government here.
- No. 53: The building was built between 1933 and 1937 in Art Deco style for SEITA by the architect Raymond Boudier .
- No. 59: Embassy of South Africa in France
- No. 65 American Church in Paris , the first American Church outside the United States; construction began in 1814 and the inauguration took place in 1857.
- No. 93: Museum of the Paris Canal System
- 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 .