Cirque d'hiver Bouglione

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This strangely-shaped building was dreamed up by Louis Dejean, owner of the summer circus grounds in the gardens of the Champs-Élysées. Wanting to expand his business year-round, he commissioned Hittorff, the architect of the impressive Gare du Nord, to build what was called the "Cirque Napoléon." Completed in 1854, the 20-sided polygon was greatly admired at the time and innumerable circus acts thrilled the crowds. These days, the building is unfortunately often empty, but the exterior alone is worth a visit, with its elaborate horse sculptures and carousel-like decor.

Location:  110 rue Amelot