Square Barye (Square Barye) occupies the southern part of the island of Saint-Louis. On the northwest side, it is separated from the city blocks by Henry IV Boulevard. A picturesque corner with an area of 2,9 thousand m2 improved in 1938. Its name commemorates the sculptor and animal painter Antoine Louis Barrier (1795-1875).
Back in 1637-1643, a small park was laid out on the eastern coast of the island near the Bretonwillers hotel, designed by Jean Androuet du Cersot. Although it remained a private property, on holidays it was open to Parisians who could admire the magnificent fireworks from here.
The mansion was destroyed between 1840-1866, and at the end of the 19th century. were demolished during the construction of the Sully bridge and buildings along the Boulevard Henry IV. The city authorities decided not to build up the vacated space again, but to create a new public park in its place. In 1938, these plans acquired visible features.
In the shade of cedars and weeping willows, tourists and Parisians love to contemplate the panorama of the embankments of Paris on the banks of the Seine. Walking along the paths among the trees of the square, it is easy to spot alder, elms, acacias and Irish yews. A Lebanese cedar was also planted in the Barier Square as a sign of Franco-Lebanese friendship by the presidents of the two countries, Jacques Chirac and Rafik Ariri.
In the park, where it is forbidden to walk dogs, you can come for a walk with small children without fear of unpleasant incidents. There are two playgrounds for them, one of which was renovated in 2015. On a hot afternoon, after active entertainment, you can quench your thirst near decorative fountains with drinking water.
At the southernmost tip of the Ile Saint-Louis is the park's main observation deck. From here you can enjoy beautiful views of the river and the promenade Saint Bernard with the Tino Rossi park and the open-air sculpture garden.
Tribute and memory
The main attraction of the square is the monument to A. Barier, opened with a large gathering of Parisians in the summer of 1894, long before the formation of the ensemble of the modern square. Funds for the monument were collected by public subscription, organized by friends and admirers of the sculptor.
The sculptural composition of the monument was made by Laurent-Honoré Marchest in collaboration with the architect Louis Bernier. The massive stepped pedestal of the monument is decorated in the center with a bronze bas-relief in a medallion with a portrait of A. Barier. On either side of it are replicas of the sculpture "The Lion and the Serpent", the original of which can still be seen in the Denon Pavilion of the Louvre Palace.
On the upper platform of the pedestal, the sculpture "Theseus killing the centaur Benor" is installed. In 1942, she was removed from the pedestal and sent to be melted down. The monument was restored thanks to the sponsorship of the Chinese company Chi Mei in 2011-2014. The slight difference between the updated sculptures and the original is only in a slightly more modest size.
Address: 2 Boulevard Henri IV, Paris 75004
Bus: Pont Sully - Quai de Bethune