From electrical substations to ventilation shafts, did you know that some European cities have several fake buildings around the city that no one knows even exists? These are Paris’ fake facades.
Those in the know, say that Paris has the oddest spaces and, because of strict city regulations, they are usually covered up to blend in with the rest of the city’s historical, and somewhat romantic, look. The Tim Traveler went on a quest to find out why there are so many fake buildings in Paris and what’s the story behind them.
On 44 Rue d’Aboukir, there’s a massive six-floor building façade covering up a ventilation shaft for the underground railway train that carries suburban travelers. When locals complained about the sight of the ventilation shaft and how it doesn’t fit in with the rest of the suburb, the transport company did an excellent job of covering it up.
The local transport company is used to covering up most of their ventilation shafts. In his video, The Tim Traveller shows you many fake facades hiding ventilation shafts behind them.
There’s even an electrical substation hidden behind one of these fake facades as well. Although the design is so ugly and not typical Parisian at all, many people believe that an electrical substation might have added more character to the suburb than the structure in question. And just like that, we’re questioning every closed door we see or window that we can’t look into.
Check out The Tim Traveller’s video below for the fake buildings of Paris and how they have been covered up to look nice and stop the neighbors from complaining.
Did you spot them before he showed you exactly where they are?