Square Frederic Lemaitre in Paris
This square is dedicated to a French actor and is situated by the Canal Saint-Martin where you can get a great view of one of the locks and footbridges before the canal goes back underground, yet within this small tranquil garden area with its park benches, you can also discover a bust statue of Frederic Lemaitre who used to perform at theatres located close by.
About the Square Frederic Lemaitre
The Square Frederic Lemaitre was first laid out towards the end of the 1800s above a part of the Canal Saint-Martin that travels underground, and is situated next to another square in Paris called the Square Jules Ferry.
It was named after a French actor who took the stage name of Frederic Lemaitre, although he was born in 1800 with the name Antoine Louis Prosper Lemaitre, and he was one of the most famous actors of his time within theatres in the area, and was laid to rest in the Montmartre cemetery in 1876.
You will be able to discover a bust of Frederic Lemaitre that was produced by the artist Pierre Granet in 1898, which is surrounded by plane trees, and on the pedestal base of this statue there is an inscription which reads To The Memory of Frederick Lemaitre Comedien and his date of birth and death.
Further down the base there is also another short inscription written in French, but translated to English it generally reads His Admirers Friends, and this bust looks over towards another statue in Paris within the Gardens of the Square Jules Ferry, which is called La Grisette de 1830.
Also within the Square Frederic Lemaitre there are numerous park benches where you can sit and relax, or watch the pleasure craft going up and down the Canal Saint-Martin and utilising one of the locks, not to mention the additional flora that make this a tranquil area to enjoy while on holiday in Paris.
Visiting the Square Frederic Lemaitre Square in Paris
This square in Paris is located between the Quai de Valmy and the Quai de Jemmapes in the 10th Arrondissement above the Canal Saint-Martin and next to the gardens of the Square Jules Ferry.
It is open from 9am at weekends and 8am during weekdays, yet the closing times vary according to the time of year from approximately 5pm to around 7.30pm, although it can be slightly later during the summer months.
You may also be pleased to know that the Square Frederic Lemaitre is accessible to the disabled, plus there is also a fresh drinking water point to fill up your drinking water bottles.
When it comes to public transport in Paris, the nearest Metro station is the Republique stop via lines 3, 5, 8, 9 and 11. However there are other stations located close by such as the Goncourt - Hopital St Louis stop serving line 11, although the Republique station is the best option for accessing many other areas and tourist attractions in Paris.
Yet the Bus lines 20, 46, 56, 65, 75 and 96 along with the Noctilien Night Bus Service via lines N01, N12 and N23 will get you within walking distance of this square located above the Canal Saint-Martin.