Monday, July 6, 2009
Street scene, looking toward Place Vendome
"Place Vendome was originally laid out by architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart in 1702 and centered on a statue of the Sun King on horseback. After this statue was destroyed in 1782 it was replaced by the Colonne de la Grande Armee by Napoleon, a column fashioned from 1,250 cannon captured from the Austrians and Russians at Austerlitz. After this too was pulled down in a Communard uprising of 1871, it was replaced with a replica."
(from Timeless Paris by Madelaine Mautord, Chartwell Books, Inc., Edison, New Jersey, 2007).