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September 28, 2020

Paris and Pl de la Concorde!!!

So this is a very popular spot in my eternal Paris. It seems the world convenes here after a long walk along the Ave de Champs Elysées or the Rue de Rivoli! I was lucky enough to even worked just around the corner from it and walk to work from the Gare Saint Lazare passing close and seeing it every day for almost 9 years!

Of course, I have told you about it before but this is new text , more history and new photos not in my blog yet. Hope you enjoy the Place de la Concorde of Paris!

Well this is the most famous square in Paris.  It started out named “Place Louis XV” in 1763. Later named “Place de la Révolution”  during the period of terror in the French revolution, and finally took the name of the  “Place de la Concorde” in  1795, to mark the reconciliation of a Nation. Again, it was re-named  “Place Louis XV” in 1814, and further  “Place Louis XVI” in 1826.  It was not until the reign of king of the French Louis-Philippe in 1830, that it takes the current name for good of the  “Place de la Concorde”. As Concord or harmony of a nation.

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All roads lead you here, I used to work for many years not far close, and use the metro Concorde on bad weather when not walking by it to work. Sublime! Public transport passing by here or close are bus lines 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 26, 27, and 28. Metro stations  Concorde- Line 1 | station Balard -Line 8 | station Porte de la Chapelle / Mairie d’Issy – Line 12. The Concord square or plaza de la Concordia or place de la Concorde is sublime , beautiful ,romantic ,what Paris is all about!!!


A bit more on the history I like and brief description.

The Place de la Concorde was created between 1755 and 1775, on the initiative of King Louis XV!. King of the French Louis Philippe, under the July Monarchy, asked in 1839 to rearrange it. The two fountains in the Place de la Concorde, inspired by those of Saint-Pierre in Rome, were installed between 1835 and 1840 at the request of King Louis Philippe. The maritime fountain on the side of the Seine and the Fluvial fountain on the rue Royale side. The Tuileries Garden extends from the Louvre Palace (east) to the Place de la Concorde (west), it is bordered to the north by the rue de Rivoli, the Place des Pyramides and to the south by the Seine river. The Arc du Carrousel, built in 1806 in the Carrousel garden, marks the entrance to the Tuileries garden. The Tuileries Palace which closed the Louvre on its west side was burnt down during the Commune(communists later use this word) of Paris in 1871 and its ruins were razed in 1881 by the city of Paris under the Third Republic. The rue Royale begins at Place de la Concorde and ends in front of the Madeleine Church. This road was originally called rue Royale des Tuileries. The current layout of the avenue des Champs Elysées was completed in 1724, and extended the perspective of the Tuileries garden. its name comes from the place of the underworld where virtuous souls stayed in Greek mythology. Between 1766 and 1775 is erected on the Place de la Concorde, two palaces with monumental facades separated by the rue Royale. In line with the Perrault colonnade in the Louvre. Hôtel de Crillon – Hôtel Pastoret – Hôtel de Coislin and Hôtel de la Marine. The Luxor Obelisk was erected in 1836 at the initiative of the King of the French Louis-Philippe in the center of the square. It is a pink granite obelisk, dating from the 12C BC, offered to King Charles X by Mehemet Ali, Viceroy and Pasha of Egypt. The monument, weighing 230 tons and measuring 23 meters in height , was originally located in the Temple of Thebes (Luxor). another obelisk which was the pendant of the entrance to the Tuileries Palace is still there, it is covered with hieroglyphics. The Pont de Concorde bridge, 153 meters long and 35 meters wide, was built between 1787 and 1791.


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Eight statues are placed on the corner sentry boxes: They represent eight French towns. Lyon and Marseille   by Jean-Pierre Cortot, Lille and Strasbourg by James Pradier, Lyon and Marseille by Pierre Petitot and Bordeaux and Nantes by Louis-Denis Caillouette. The seated figures represent: the Rhine, the Rhône rivers and the Harvests of Grapes and Wheat, as well as the Mediterranean, the Ocean and Fishing.

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Following the French revolution of 1789, it became the epicenter of the turmoil. The statue of Louis XV was brought down in 1792, and replaced by Liberty, a goddess draped in Roman style, wearing a Phrygian cap, who firmly holds her sceptre. King Louis XVI was guillotined on January 21, 1793 as were Queen Marie-Antoinette, the Girondins, Danton, Mme Roland, Robespierre and many others. During the reign of Terror, 1119 people died there. Under the Directory, Lucien Bonaparte removes the remains of the guillotine and the Statue of Liberty. Under the Restoration king Charles X plans to place a statue of his brother Louis XVI in its center but did not succeeded, the square was briefly named.

The Paris tourist office on the Place de la Concorde

The Ïle de France region tourist office on Paris monuments and museums:

So now feel better fully describe this gem of my eternal Paris, you can see the previous post on it dated Nov 9 2019. And hope you enjoy the tour of the wonderful Place de la Concorde in Paris, of course.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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September 28, 2020

Paris and an arch!!!

So here again at you with some new found photos from my vault and of course will try to provide more information on the text. I have done posts before on the Arc de Triomphe but as usual always leave things out. It’s a habit of rushing my amateur writings, and know can always come back for more.

The Arc de Triomphe is located on Place Charles de Gaulle which was previously called Place de l’Etoile from where 12 major avenues, among the most exclusive in Paris, depart. Clockwise, you will find the avenue Marceau, avenue d’Iéna, avenue Kléber, avenue Victor Hugo, avenue Foch (my favorite entry!) , avenue de la Grande Armée, avenue Carnot, avenue Mac-Mahon, avenue de Wagram, avenue Hoche, avenue de Friedland and finally avenue des Champs Élysées.


The Arc de Triomphe is one of the most emblematic monuments in Paris. Measuring 50 meters high, 22 meters wide and 45 meters long, the Arc de Triomphe is the symbol of the victories of the French army under Napoleon’s Empire. The attic or upper part of the Arc, crowned with 30 shields on which are engraved the names of great battles of the revolution and the empire. The battles you will find on the interior faces of the large arcades. The 558 French generals, some of whom died in action, their names are underlined.

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Some emblematic ones me think are the departure of the Volunteers in 1792, also called the Marseillaise, represents the French people in all their diversity from revolutionaries (Republicans), Royalists and Bonapartists going together to fight. An iconic work of the French Republic erected under king of the French, Louis Philippe, in 1833. At the foot of the Arc de Triomphe, you can discover the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a monument erected in 1921 with a flame that never goes out, called the eternal flame. This symbol represents all the French who died during WWI or as we know it here, the Great War, who could never be identified.

It was Napoleon who decided to build it in 1806 at the end of the Battle of Austerlitz and the arch was completed during the reign of Louis-Philippe. Before the expansion of Paris in 1860, the land on which the monument was built was on the border of the city, and offered privileged access to the Emperor’s residence, the former Palais des Tuileries, via the Champs-Élysées.

The panoramic view from the roof of the Arc de Triomphe is equally impressive. From above, you can admire the dynamism that animates the city by observing the twelve main arteries meeting at this point. The ascent to the Arc de Triomphe will give you beautiful views of the Champs-Elysées and the La Défense district. The climb is worth it. To enter and access the upper floor of the arch, you will need to pay the entrance fee and climb the 286 steps that separate the terrace from the ground. There is also a small museum inside, relating the history and construction of this imposing monument.

The official Arc de Triomphe

The Paris tourist office on the Arc de Triomphe

You will be delighted with the history and the wonderful architecture but the views oh the views are gorgeous of my eternal Paris. Hope you enjoy the updated post on the Arc de Triomphe.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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September 28, 2020

Paris, again Sacré Coeur!!!

Oh yes again Sacré Coeur Basilica of Montmartre!! Quickly, I have written before ,but I could dedicated several volumes in a book on it; a must to see in Paris and a lot more than its religious meaning, the force and strenght of the people of Paris, France are in it. A better place to understand my belle France.

What can I say about Sacre Coeur, it is a very popular Basilica Church of Paris. I have written before so will just give some new text and new photos even if older from my vault .

Again, one of the must see and must stop on your way to Paris. The historical center of a wonderful district ,a city in its right call Montmartre.   The hill of martyrs as in English, no heroes of any sort, but those earlier Christians who gave it all for the faith. Here Saint Denis was beheaded by pagans lords, but He continue to preach all the way to Saint Denis where now is his Basilica de Saint Denis; it all begun at Montmartre. It was completed in 1910 and was consecrated in 1919. The Sacré-Cœur Basilica is 100 meters long and 50 meters wide surmounted by a dome 83 meters high. The 84 meters high campanile houses a bell weighing 18.5 tons with its 850 kg clapper. The construction of this Roman-Byzantine style basilica dedicated to the Sacred Heart was declared of public utility by the National Assembly of France in 1873. Its construction began in 1876 on the plans of architect Abadie largely inspired by the Church of St Front in Périgueux of which he was the restorer. The interior contains decorative treasures: marble sculptures, stained glass windows and mosaics. The hill of Montmartre is the highest point of Paris with its 130 meters in height. From the square of the basilica there is a beautiful panoramic view of Paris!!

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A bit of history that I like

In 1870, the people of Paris were under siege after the defeat of Napoleon III against the Prussians and allies at Sedan. The Parisians were starving and even go so far as to kill the animals of the zoo for food. It follows the capitulation of Napoleon III and the bloody episode of the great commune of Paris. Catholics regard these terrible events as a punishment from God. The faithful then meet and organize huge faith processions, promising to erect a monument to the glory of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Archbishop of Paris, Monsignor Guibert, sends a letter to the Minister of Cultes or worship asking him to support this project which would contribute to the divine protection of Paris. In order for the protection to be effective and visible to all, it was decided to build the monument on a hill. Monsignor Guibert would have had a divine vision when he visited the Butte Montmartre which gave him a sunny view of Paris. To decide on the choice of architect, a competition is organized under the chairmanship of Charles Garnier, the father architect of the Opéra. He chose Paul Abadie .The construction began in 1875.To carry out this expensive project, it was called for donations and it was the Parisians themselves who financed the Basilica by buying 1 to 3 stones, the prices of which varied between 120 and 500 francs. The Sacré-Coeur is a private monument, property of the Archdiocese of Paris, and not a building of the French State!!!

To access the Holy of Holies, you must first climb 237 steps but it is worth it: a breathtaking view of our Paris awaits you. Fortunately, since 1901 a cable car or funicular has provided easier access to the Holy Grail.  An anecdote: In April 1944 (WWII) 13 bombs exploded on the Sacré Coeur without causing any casualties, a miracle.

The huge gorgeous mosaic of the Choir represents “The Triumph of the Sacred Heart of Jesus”. With a total area of 475m2, it is one of the largest in the world. The Choir of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Montmartre and its Carrara marble altarpiece ,the Choir is closed by eleven Romanesque arcades, strangely extended upwards.

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Hugely wonderful awesome ,gorgeous again need to see it. I have several times and always looking forward for more. Let me give some webpages to help you plan your visit from afar

The official webpage of the Sacré Coeur Basilica in English:

The Montmartre tourist office in English:

The Paris tourist office in English:

And the Paris Catholic Diocese on the Sacré Coeur Basilica in French:

There you go folks, a work of art, a wonderful place to visit my beautiful capital of France, eternal Paris. It will be worth your time and effort, the Sacré Coeur Basilica was done by citizens for all of us. Hope you enjoy it

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!

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