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VN231 Paris YMCA: Private Visit Of This Historic Building

  • 23 Nov 2021
  • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
  • 14 rue de Trévise 75009 Paris, Metro Cadet, Line 7

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  • WICE Members and Their Guests

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Located in the ninth district, the first French YMCA (reads UCJG in French) appeared in 1852. The Paris YMCA is the emblematic place of the signing of World Young Men’s Christian Association’s Constitution. In 1893, the association inaugurated its headquarters, built with the aid of generous French and American donors. The principal aim was to offer young people that are “isolated, badly housed and without family support” the opportunity to find a Home in Paris. Today, YMCA has 3 residences in Paris with 150 students and workers who can take advantage of cultural, leisure and sports amenities.

Come and discover, with a guide provided by Paris YMCA, the history of this building ranked as a National Historic Monument at 14 rue de Trévise. You will have the opportunity to visit the gymnasium - which hosted in 1893 the first ever basketball game in Europe-, the indoor pool – one of the first in the French capital – , shower rooms, a bowling lane, a library, a music room and some reception rooms. WICE will make a donation to YMCA for the restoration of this building on this very special occasion.

Christelle Bertho (guide provide by Paris YMCA)

photo credit: © Veronique Katz

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