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Paris is one of most visited city on earth. From my perspective this is the result of its attractiveness,accessibilty and how well is advertised. I would share my experience in this large urban agglomeration. It is not my first time that I come to Paris and it realize how it kept its style, elegance and charm. Furthermore I had the privilege of finding a great weather for most of the time of my stay.
My accomodation was very close to Charles De Gaulle square. In the past it was named Place de l'Etoile (star in French language) due to its star-shaped. This square is famous for its Arc of Triomphe dedicated to the success of French army during the time of Napoleon the first. From here the Champs Elysées begins. One of the most famous boulevard in Paris full of shops , cinemas and cafés. A great sunny day to to start my visiit of the city from Trocadero.
Going through the staircase between the two buildings and see the symbol of Paris. The highest tower in the city whose name take origin of the architect who projected it. The Eiffel tower is high 322 m made of iron frames whose the top dominates all the area.
The weather definitely allowed to see a great view of Paris.
Keep taking advantage of the weather I walked untill to rue de Grenelle to visit the Hotel des Invalides and its Army historical Museum. One of the largest collection of arms, artillery, painting, pieces, decorations emblems in the world. A visit inside the French military history from the Middle Ages to the aftermath of second world war.
It is told that the tomb of Napoleon is here.
Through this collection some items belong to him too. The museum reports the history of him also during asylum in St.Helena before his death.
I definitely like walking around this city and see the highest tower from different corners.
The following day was also sunny. Even if that beautiful weather I would visit the Musée d'Orsay the second largest museum in Paris after the Louvre. The building was inaugurated in 1900 for the World Fair. The museum in 1986 shows the evolution of the western world art from 1848 to the first two decades of the last century.
(Inside the museum d'Orsay)
The ground floor was divided in different rooms (each ones dedicated to a different period or style or group of artists) as below:
-Sculpture 1850-1880 - The decorative arts: 2nd Empire – Courbet – The beginning of Monet et Bazille – Orientalism- Manet and Cezanne during 1860- Degas during 1870 – Realism period -Toulouse – Lautrec – Symbolisme – Barbizon school – Herbert and the French artists in Italy – Daumier and Millet - Accademisme (Ingres and Delacroix)
The following floor has:
Nabis and decorative painting- Sculpture 1880-1900 – Gaugin and Van Gogh – Neo-Impressionisme -New art – Symbolism – Naturalism- Decorative arts : Japanism and Ecletism
The next ones have :
Decorative arts from Scandinavia- Germany – Austria and Great Britain
The last floor is dedicated only to the Impressionism artists : Monet -Manet – Degas- Cézanne- Sisley and others artists of the same age.
(Photo taken from the window clock of the Museum d'Orsay)
To be honest I am not an expert of art but I like to see what concerning it At least half day required to visit this museum but it was worth it. I went outside and walking to the most famous cathedral in French gothic architecture situated in Paris. Notre Dame (Our Lady in French language),a world heritage of Unesco.
The western façade has three portails. The central one is the portal of judgement which represents the last judgement according to the gospel of St. Matthew. On its left side the Portail of Virgin represents the death of Mary going to the Paradise. On the right side the portail of Saint Anne which represents the Virgin Mary with the child.
The interior owns a colourful rose window located in the northern part. Also I found also very interesting the representation of the evolution of the gothic cathedrals in France.
Next to Notre Dame is situated another example of Gothic architecture: the Sainte-Chapelle. Inside the Palais de la cité, the seat and residence of royal power from 10th to 14th centuries. This building housed the Conciergerie (caretaker's lodge) and the Saint Chapelle ( Saint Chapel). These are the only visible remains of that oldest palace of French kings. The last one was built between 1242 and 1248 accordingly with the king Louis IX to house the relics of the Passion of Christ.
These Holy Relics (object or part of body belonged to one Saint) had belonged to Emperor of Costantinople since 4th century . Louis IX purchased them and the Saint Chapelle became the symbol of divinity and the second capital of Christianity after Jerusalem at that time. The revolutionary period affected the building and in 1846 it had a restoration work to give it the current appearance.
The Saint Chapelle is divided in two sanctuaries: the upper and lower chapel. At the portal of the lower chapel is situated a statue of Virgin Mary. The interior has polychrome decorations like the carved decoration in porch. The low vault is detained by struts linking the aisle columns to the lateral walls decorated with twelve medallions representative of the Apostles. The vault on azure on the column alternate with the tower on purple colour is a attractive combination.
The upper chapel has a decorative reliquary Sculptures and colourful windows combined to glorify the Passion of Christ. More one thousands scenes in fifteen stained windows represent what mentioned in the Bible the humans from Genesis to Resurrection of Jesus Christ. They should be read from left to right and from the bottom upwards.
The next steps of my tour was the Latin neighbourhood (Quarter Latin)in Place de la Sorbonne. Unfortunately the church was closed.
Later take a look inside the church of St. Genevieve in Pantheon square. A neoclassic mausoleum which also contains relics of the Saint.
To finish my day visiting I passed through Place Vendome and its green column dedicated to the Battle of Austerlitz and erected by Napoleon the first
and the National accademy of Music
I keep talking about my experience in Paris in the next post.
Thanks for your attention