Rue du Bac, Paris

Rue du Bac, Paris

Rue du Bac
Length 1,150 m (3,770 ft)
Width 20 m (66 ft) (average) between quais Anatole France and Voltaire and the boulevard Saint-Germain. 18 m between the Boulevard Saint-Germain and the rue de Sèvres
Arrondissement 7th
Quarter Saint-Thomas d'Aquin
From quai Voltaire, Paris and quai Anatole France
To rue de Sèvres, Paris
Completion Opened between 1600 à 1610
"Plaque James McNeill Whistler, 110 rue du Bac, Paris 7"

Rue du Bac is a street in Paris situated in the 7th arrondissement. The street, which is 1150 m long, begins at the junction of the quais Voltaire and Anatole-France and ends at the rue de Sèvres.

Rue du Bac is also the name of a station on line 12 of the Paris Métro, although its entrance is actually located on the boulevard Raspail at the point where it is joined by the rue du Bac.


Rue du Bac owes its name to a ferry (bac) established toward 1550 on what is now the quai Voltaire, to transport stone blocks for the construction of the Palais des Tuileries. It crossed the Seine at the site of today's Pont Royal, bridge constructed under the reign of Louis XIV to replace the pont rouge built in 1632 by the financier Barbier.

Originally, the street was named grand chemin du Bac, then ruelle du Bac and grande rue du Bac.

Buildings of note

Odd numbers

Even numbers

Destroyed buildings


  1. Ronald Anderson and Anne Koval, James McNeill Whistler: Beyond the Myth, Carroll & Graf, New York, 1994, pg. 357 et seq.

(French) This article was drawn mainly from the French Wikipedia article.

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Coordinates: 48°51′23″N 2°19′35″E / 48.85639°N 2.32639°E / 48.85639; 2.32639

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