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La Samaritaine

March 14th, 2009 by paris

La Samaritaine is a building that is located in the 1st arrondissement of Paris. Built in 1905, La Samaritaine was a well-known department store for many years and is also a historical landmark. The building closed in 2005 for renovations and is not expected to re-open before 2011. It is greatly missed by the many Paris natives and visitors who enjoyed going there to shop, eat, and view the city.

La Samaritaine is famous for its observation deck, which offers a breathtaking view of Paris from all angles. Located on the building’s rooftop, the observation deck appealed to many who enjoyed taking pictures of the city and its many attractions. La Samaritaine did not charge for access to its rooftop, which also included a café where shoppers could eat and drink.

La Samaritaine is eleven stories high and is known for its elaborate glass interior and its staircases made of iron. The department store employed 750 people and was successful until the financial crisis of the 1990s. In 2001, the high-end goods producer LVMH bought the store. The building closed a few years later so that it could be updated to meet current fire safety standards. Many tourists who have previously visited the department store are anxiously awaiting its return.

There is speculation that La Samaritaine may be converted into a four-star hotel, a prospect that does not please the Parisians who greatly appreciate the department store’s legacy. It is hoped that the building will retain its old-fashioned charm while remaining accessible to all who wish to experience an amazing view of Paris.

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