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Saint-Antoine hospital
12th arrondissement

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The main entrance of the Saint-Antoine hospital had all the pomp and splendour of the mid-nineteenth century, boasting elegant stone arches originally intended for horse-drawn carriages and a high-perched pediment from which the bust of Marianne, the Republicís presiding deity, looked down with compassion on the sick and injured come to seek solace. Once through the archways, however, a confusing jumble of buildings awaited, many poured straight from the concrete mixer in a hasty attempt to overcome the shortcomings of the original structure and keep pace with ever-increasing demand.
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