If you ever find yourself strolling through the 10th arrondissement, you may notice something odd. Around the corner from the town hall, among the tall and splendid apartment buildings, there is an unusual (and rather petite) construction.
Many years ago there was a tiny alley linking the Rue du Chateau d’Eau and the Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Martin. No doubt a handy shortcut in such a busy area of the city.
However, legend has it that the heirs to the land were in a bitter dispute over how to use it and one returned one day to find that the other had ended the row simply by building a house there.
At just 5 metres high and 110cm wide, it is believed to be the smallest house in Paris.
If you’d like to visit this record-breaking Paris oddity, you will find it at 39 rue du Chateau d’Eau. The nearest metro station is République.