Inaugurated in 1929, the Piscine Molitor became a cult location of the 16th arrondissement of Paris. With its ideal setting, the Piscine Molitor is a venue that can be added to the list of the many sports associations of the Bois de Boulogne - the Polo Club of Paris; the Rolland Garros stadium; the Racing Club de France, now the Lagardère Paris Racing; and the Tir aux Pigeons - a clay pigeon shooting centre. It has been the most trusted and popular pool in Paris for over 60 years.
The astonishing Art Deco décor attracts many visitors and has been a popular venue for celebrations and organised events for many years. The Piscine Molitor has two pools, one indoor and the other outdoor, and in winter, this pool is used as a large skating rink.
In 1989, however, sixty years after its inauguration, the future of the historic pool came into question and it was closed to the public. The once-hallowed place was abandoned and fell into disrepair - although many artists returned to illegally tag the walls.
In 2008, a reconstruction project was agreed by the city of Paris, which invested 80 million euros for the redevelopment of the initial two pools, and a hotel complex, a restaurant, bar and a sports club with spa.
Work began in 2011. Three years later, the Piscine Molitor officially reopened to the delight of Parisians. Located just steps from the Boulevard Murat, and the Bois de Boulogne, in the heart of the district of Auteuil, the Piscine Molitor, once a sadly abandoned cult place, is again "the place to be."
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Crédit photos: Ludwig Favre