There’s no doubt that Paris prides itself on its aesthetic. From homes to storefronts, government buildings and restaurants, the architecture is iconic. But Paris, like many of the world’s most famous and beautiful people, has a dark secret it probably doesn’t want you to know. Not all of those classic French facades are real.
After discovering that a door on the Rue Chapon was actually just an art installation, Youtuber The Tim Traveller decided to search the city for other fake buildings, and he found quite a few. In this video, he documents several facades in Paris that appear to be beautiful apartment or office buildings but which are actually architectural flimflam meant to disguise unsightly infrastructure like ventilation shafts and electrical substations.