You are at the entrance of a covered passage built in 1826 by architects Farge and Falconnet on a spot where houses and a former gold and silver spinning workshop stood. Look at the Rue de la République entrance and its majestic Palladian stone arch. The passage is covered with a metal canopy in the Parisian style and is lined with shops with floors above. In the central rotunda there used to be a winged Mercury, now disappeared, protector of merchants and travellers. It was a copy of a Renaissance sculpture by Giambologna.