The Pommeraye passage
Localization: Nantes - France.
Nantes was undoubtedly a city where the parallelism with the Obscur continent was very strong.
A little bit of Brüsel by its old trams, a little bit of Urbicande (Nantes is characterized by its southern bank with its Vendean houses with the red tiled roofs opposed to its northern bank with its roofs from austere slates), it is the city which saw being born Jules Verne and where, in its the first 20 years forged the spirit of the Extraordinary Voyages.
So many connections would have been possible between the obscure world and the town of Nantes. Great work which proceeded there, such filling of several arms of the Loire and Erdre (Nantes was called the Venice of the west) or the various rebuildings after the bombardments of 1943-44 removed a number of these connections. But some of these connections are still remaining like the passage Pommeraye.
According to a Parisian fashion (like numbers of other passages in Europe such the gallery of the queen in Bruxelles), in a preoccupation with a town planning hygienist, the notary Louis Pommeraye entrusted, in 1843, with the architects Buron and Durand-Gasselin, the responsibility to bind by two woodsteps the middle of the street Crébillon to the street of the Pit. Thus the young person Jules Verne then who been able with leisure to saunter in what was still the building site of this passage and where it could then have found a passage which was open only during work. Definitively closed, Jules Verne would never have find any more the means to pass on the obscure continent instead by the only force of his spirit.