Like in many great cities, some of the most unique treasures in Paris are found in unexpected places; these giant statues are based on Michelangelo’s sculpture the Dying Slave, housed in the Louvre. What’s unexpected is that they sit on the top floors of the commissariat de police du 12e arrondissement — the police station of the 12th administrative district of Paris — and that they date back to the early 1990s and not from an earlier period.
Some call them gaudy, but I think they’re a wonderful find for anyone exploring the Coulée Verte, a 4.5 kilometre stretch of abandoned railway that runs from the Bastille to the Bois de Vincennes, which has been converted to a walking trail.
From Avenue Daumesnil to the Bois de Vincennes: take several stairs and lifts all within the 12e.
By Metro: exit at the Bastille.
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