After a 16-year wait, Parisians will finally see the city’s 19th-century landmark Samaritaine department store reopen its doors today. A much-anticipated event, the closed building left a nostalgic gap on the city skyline between the Seine and on the busy Rivoli high street.
Owned by French luxury conglomerate LVMH, which partnered with luxury retailer DFS, the Samaritaine Paris Pont-Neuf‘s renovation is rumored to have cost as much as $750 million. The original Art Nouveau building was painstakingly restored and the new contemporary wing built from scratch, which took more than five years to complete. Today, the signature sunflower-yellow mosaic slotted in at the top of the glass
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