Les Invalides

By annesophie
March 7, 2011

Les Invalides, officially known as L’Hôtel national des Invalides (The National Residence of the Invalids), is a complex of buildings in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, France, containing museums and monuments, all relating to the military history of France, as well as a hospital and a retirement home for war veterans, the building’s original purpose. The buildings house the Musée de l’Armée, the [...]

Le Panthéon

By annesophie
March 3, 2011
Panthéon (photo :

This basilica would be a fitting tribute to any number of great people from French history. King Louis XV commissioned the architect Soufflot to design a great building for him in 1755. It was to be dedicated to Saint Geneviéve who was buried in an earlier basilica in 512 and whom the king credited with [...]

Gares de Paris

By annesophie
March 1, 2011
Pas de nom

Gare de Paris-Est Paris Est (or Gare de l’Est, “East station” in English) is one of the six large SNCF termini in Paris. It is in the 10th arrondissement, not far from the Gare du Nord, facing the Boulevard de Strasbourg, part of the north-south axis of Paris created by Baron Haussmann. It is one of the largest and the oldest [...]

Opera Garnier

By annesophie
February 25, 2011
Opéra Garnier (photo:

Built between 1862-1875, its architect was Charles Garnier. He had been picked from among 171 contestants, and was relatively unknown although he had won the Rome prize in 1848. He was only 35 when awarded with the design of the new opera house. The origins of the idea for a new opera house can be [...]

Le Trocadero

By annesophie
February 25, 2011

The Trocadero area, made up of the Place du Trocadero and terraced gardens, is dominated by the Palais de Chaillot. Built in 1937 for the Exposition Universelle, it’s a rather ugly building, in sober Neoclassical style. The central terrace between its two wings has been kept clear, forming a perfect frame for the Eiffel Tower [...]

Arc du Carrousel

By Martin
February 22, 2011
Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

Correct name for this little arch is Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel which is located on la Place du Carrousel (named Carrousel from the horse dressage displays done on the square). This arch was built in 1806 to commemorate Napoleon’s victories of previous years. The arch is the second monument in the line that goes [...]

La Tour Eiffel

By Martin
February 15, 2011
Eiffel Tower (photography by

1889: During the evening of the tower’s inauguration, 10,000 gas street lamps adorned the steeple and platforms. Two projectors on the tower top illuminated the other Parisian monuments below. The blue, white and red beacon lights were considered the most powerful in the world. 1900: Electricity arrives at the Eiffel Tower, as 3,200 lamps spotlight [...]

Louvre Museum

By Martin
February 15, 2011
Louvre Museum (photo by

This enormous building, constructed around 1200 as a fortress and rebuilt in the mid-16th century for use as a royal palace, began its career as a public museum in 1793. As part of Mitterand’s grands projets, the Louvre was revamped in the 1980s with the addition of a 21-metre glass pyramid entrance. Initially deemed a [...]

Arc de Triomphe

By Martin
January 15, 2011
Arc de Triomphe (photo by

This is the Arc de Triomphe, a 16-story war monument conceived by Napoleon, designed by architect Jean-François Chalgrin, and built at the top of the avenue des Champs-Elysees. It was constructed between 1810 and 1836. It is possible to reach the roof of the monument by climbing nearly three hundred steps, and the view is [...]

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