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Behind the name
The name is a homage to Charles I, Count of Anjou and Count of Provence, a luminary figure in the 13th century, being the brother of St. Louis and the appointed monarch of Naples and Sicily in 1266.
In December 1244 Louis IX took a vow to lead a crusade (7th). Ignoring their mother's strong opposition, his three brothers—Robert, Alphonse and Charles. After spending several months in Cypus they invaded Egypt on 5 June 1249. Robert died fighting against the Egyptians at Al Mansurah. His three brothers survived, but they had to abandon the campaign. While withdrawing from Egypt, they fell into captivity on 6 April 1250. The Egyptians released Louis, Charles and Alphonse in exchange for 800,000 bezants and the surrender of Damietta.
In the 17th century, the Académie Française held its first meetings at the home of Jean Desmarets de Saint-Sorlin, at the Hôtel Pellevé on rue du Roi-de-Sicile, at the corner of rue Tison. It is there that the statutes of the Academy were written, as well as the first steps for its foundation. It was renamed rue des Droits-de-l’Homme (Human Rights Street) during the revolutionary period.
Jean Desmarets, Sieur de Saint-Sorlin (1595 – 28 October 1676) was a French writer and dramatist with close relations to Cardinal Richelieu. He was a founding member, and the first chancelor of the Académie française in 1634.
The Concours de Façades de la Ville de Paris, an architectural contest initiated by the city of Paris in the late 19th century, aimed to encourage exquisite façade designs throughout the city. In its inaugural year, the competition saw a remarkable entry from Georges Debrie, who earned a commendable prize for his design of the Roi de Sicile Paris fractional ownership Paris apartment building.
Throughout his career, Debrie constructed numerous apartment buildings in Paris, blending the traditional Haussmannian style with the innovative elements of Art Nouveau.
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