Rue Chanoinesse near Notre Dame Cathedral features a row of very old and charming shops with apartments above. During the Middle Ages, travelers who didn’t have the money to get married inside the cathedral would come to get married here, with priests often welcoming the extra pocket money.
This legend dates to the 14th century. It tells that a barber and a pastry cook became partners in a horrible business. The barber is said to have been in charge of slitting the throats of his customers, dismembering them, and then passing the body parts through a trap door where they arrived directly in the pastry cook’s shop. The pastry cook is said to have turned the bodies into meat pies which were apparently quite popular throughout the city. Legend tells that even King Charles VI ate them. After their crimes were discovered, both were burned alive and their shops removed. If you want to see where the bloodthirsty partners carried out their evil deeds, then go to 20 rue Chanoinesse. The stone where the poor customers of the barber shop were slaughtered remained until a police station was built there in the 20th century.