At the beginning of the 19th century, new covered passages were all the rage in Paris. It was at this time that, in the Pays de Retz between Nantes and the Atlantic, Mr. Pommeraye was born. He became a notary, married well and settled comfortably into his life. This success enabled him to create and finance the first real Nantes "passage". Although this superb luxury shopping gallery was a huge success right from its opening in 1843, Mr. Pommeraye went bankrupt about ten years later. Despite this, he left the city a superb passage behind, covered with a glass roof and composed of 3 levels, which is quite rare. It links the corner of the Rues Santeuil and Crébillon to the Rue de la Fosse, which lies 9m lower down. Its wooden staircases, creaking floors, uniform windows, statuettes, mirrors, and even its clock, make it an inimitable shopping gallery, even more so today, and a must-see place during a visit to Nantes.
In the very centre of Nantes, the passage has always served as a commercial centre and currently holds 26 shops.© Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE
The 16 statues decorating the stairs are allegories representing business, music, agriculture, etc.© Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE
Consisting of two statues representing day and night, this amusing clock overlooks the passage.© Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE
The Pommeraye Passage is built on 3 levels with a linking staircase rising 9 metres.© Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE
The Pommeraye Passage is privately-owned by several parties and its apartments overlook the interior.© Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE