Beloved ones do have their special day of celebration, but do they have a corresponding meeting place? They do indeed! Love is in the air in Montmartre’s square Jehan Richtus, so if you’re still hesitating how to say “I Love You”, come get some know-how from Abbesses’s open-air love dictionary – Le Mur des Je T’Aimes!
Feeling too shy to say the word? Waiting for the right moment? Looking for the perfect phrasing?
Here’s a thought.
Paris is all about saying “I love you” and St. Valentine’s is already knocking on the door, so don’t waste any more time and take a walk in the pretty district of Abbesses – the answer to your question is already pinned there!
You are now in front of The Love Wall, a monument erected in the romantic square Jehan Richtus, which has become a famous lovers’ haunt. With over 311 amorous declarations in 250 different languages, this shrine of Love was created by artists Frederic Baron and Claire Kito, whose work of art reproduces all languages from the 192 member states of the United Nations.
In a world marked by violence and dominated by individualism, walls, like frontiers, are usually made to divide and to separate people and to protect them from one another. On the contrary, LE MUR DES JE T’AIME is a link, a place of reconciliation, a mirror which reflects an image of love and peace downtown Paris Montmartre, in France
the wall’s creators share as the wall’s philosophy.
Built on a surface of 40m2 and composed of 612 tiles, if you look closer, you will also notice some red splashes of colour contrasting brightly on the glossy blue wall.
Those, as it turns out, represent “the pieces of a broken heart”.
But since we’re all in love with happy endings, we’ll focus on the cloud’s silver lining – they say the wall’s aim is to inspire us to reunite those shattered bits, to rebuild what’s broken and to give this newborn caring heart back to today’s humanity so we never forget how to love again.
Other than being the perfect symbolic setting for your St. Valentine’s picture, the Love Wall heartily welcomes lovers of the world who want to take a charming walk, make an unusual stop or experience an inspiringly unexpected discovery.
And it most definitely encourages those who dare to expand their “love dictionary” and say “I love you” in a different language for a change…