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Rue Royale, Paris

Rue Royale, Paris
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Rue Royale from the Place de la Madeleine to the Place de la Concorde
Length 282 m (925 ft)
Width 22.8 m (75 ft) between place de la Concorde and rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré; 43 m elsewhere
Arrondissement 8th
Quarter Madeleine.
From place de la Concorde
To 2 place de la Madeleine
Completion April 22, 1732
Denomination March 11, 1768

The rue Royale (French pronunciation: ​[ʁy ʁwajal]) is a short street in Paris, France running between the place de la Concorde and the place de la Madeleine (site of the Church of the Madeleine). Among the well-known addresses on this street is that of Maxim's restaurant, at number 3.

On 12 August 1843, the Rue Royale was the scene for a bizarre phenomenon, when tens of thousands of butterflies landed, causing chaos and swarming the shops and restaurants. The pillars of the Madeleine were, reportedly, "covered".[1]

The rue Royale is in the city's 8th arrondissement.

There is also a Rue Royale in the city of Lyon, as well as one in Brussels in Belgium, near the Royal Palace.


  1. ^ [] The Illustrated London News, 19 August 1843.