» France, Paris XXVIII. : La Madeleine – From Luxury to History
France, Paris XXVIII. : La Madeleine – From Luxury to History
We continue in our tour de Paris even today. Last time we saw Place de la Concorde. From there we walked along Royale street to the church La Madeleine. Somewhere in the middle of the street we encountered Maxim’s restaurant.
The celebrity restaurant
The restaurant neighbored the museum of the same name. Perhaps you ask why is this restaurant so famous. Its history started in 1893. It was opened by Maxime Gaillard. Couple of years later it was sold to Eugene Cornuché. He put there Art Nouveau decoration. Then the restaurant became focused on high society. Soon it became a favorite place for famous personas such as King Eduard VII or novelist Marcel Proust. During German occupation the restaurant became a favorite place of Herman Göring or Albert Speer. Since 1979, the restaurant was included to the list of historical landmarks. Since 1981 it has been led by the fashion designer Pierre Cardin. He made a museum in one its part. The museum holds the most important private collection of from Belle Époque.
Another street of luxury
We did not dare to enter it. So we continued on. Density of luxury places was getting higher. We looked at the map and we understood. Royale street is crossed by important and luxurious street Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré. Except for shops there are galleries or foreign embassies. There is also the entrance to Élysée Palace . French president resides there. We had even heard that home shipping is available on the street, i.e. what you buy and don’t take with you will be delivered to your home..
Church or an antic temple?
As we are not used to something like this, we went on along Royale street. La Madeleine greeted us from the distance.A neoclassical sacral building is devoted to St Mary Magdalene. The construction took unbelievable 85 years. Before it became a church (it resembles rather a Greek temple) it was supposed to be a monumental memorial to the army or a train station. Eventually, the building became a church. Our guidebook told us that its look draw its inspiration from a Roman temple. This made us smile as we got the geographical location really wrong..
A distinct relief of the Last Judgment is another distinctive element, except columns. There is a golden scripture that we do not even dare to translate. We stood on a crossroad. Church of St Augustine was on one side(Église Saint-Augustin). It is built in the Romanesque and Byzantine style. On the other side, there is Parisian Opera. We decided to go to the opera. And we did good. You will have the chance to learn about it next week..
Text and photo: Oskár Mažgút
Immediately after seeing the Luxembourg Gardens we headed to the world famous Sorbonna University. Cardinal Richelieu himself took care of its development. for he financed its reconstruction, and he transformed once college for poor students to an important hub of education.
The biggest sight, the symbol and pride not only of Paris but entire France. This is world-famous Eiffel tower we visit today.
We were excited about one of the largest museums in the world. We let ourselves go with the crowd in Louvre. It took us to the most visited and the most mysterious painting in the world - Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci.
Despite long lines we haven’t regret 2-hour waiting to enter one of the most beautiful palaces in the world – Versailles. You have to hold on. The palace will reward you with its glorious interior, exterior, and gardens that are an irreplaceable part of it.
In the morning, after eating from hotel breakfast, we went to see outskirts of Paris - the suburbs, which bears the same name as the name of the famous castle complex of Versailles. Exploring this former residence of the King required a great deal of patience and fitness. You ask why? The answer can be found in the following lines.
We will continue in our journey in Paris. We will choose a tempo of learning on history and we will also talk on beauties of nature. There are many natural wonders in Paris. Perhaps the most beautiful ones we trie to find in beautiful parks and gardens.
Following an exciting walk on Montaigne Street and seeing the Flame of Liberty, we moved along the Seine to see another remarkable sight of Paris .- Les Invalides. This complex of building hides a large part of French military history.
Today we return to Montmarte once more. We o to streets full of artists, souvenir vendors, and, of course cabarets for adults.
A walk in the park by the Eiffel Tower was the conclusion in the last part. We told you about the so called Wall of Peace. Today we continue in introducing you to the sights around the most famous tower in the world.
Last week we had visited town-hall and moved also to Center Pompidou, a center of modern art. Today we will look around this building build inside-out. The building is named after French President Pompidou, who initiated its construction.
Would you like to have all Paris below you and enjoy beautiful view of this fascinating city? And would you like to see in this view also the Eiffel Tower?
After paying our visit to the Les Invalides, we walked along green lanes to Grand Palais and Petit Palais. Before we even got there, we passed beautiful bridge across the Seine named after Tzar Alexander III.
In last week’s article we took a look on greenery in Paris. Today we will visit one of these green oases where the famous Notre Dame cathedral is located.
Again, we woke up to a beautiful sunny morning in Paris. We set off to one of the most famous boulevards in Paris or maybe the world right after the breakfast in hotel. We went to Champs – Élysées. Our goal was clear – shopping!
Welcome to the capital of France – the city of artists, coffee bars, and gourmet experiences! Writers write constantly what happens on the surface, and there are even more movies. Yet often one of the largest sights in Paris is forgotten and it is mostly underground. Yes, it is Métropolitain, or Métro for short.
After stopping at magnificent Grand and Petit Palaises we continued to Champs-Élysées boulevard. We continued to Louvre. Soon we got to monumental Place de la Concorde square, or Guillotines square as it is referred to by locals.
Today, our new series about one of the most beautiful, most popular, most visited cities of the world begins. Yes, it is the French capita, Paris. Together we will go on a journey of the most interesting places and we will learn about their secrets.
After a tour in Versailles Palace we moved to the other world with high buildings reaching sky, with materials and design resembling future of humanity known in sci-fi movies.
After our visit to the second most famous sight in Paris, Arc de Triomphe, we get off the tunnel in the start of the most famous boulevard in Paris, the symbol of prestige, fame, and luxury.