France, Paris XXV: Les Invalides – War Veterans‘ Place
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.
Statues of Liberty
As we slowly moved towards another sight of Paříže along the Seiny. We admired picturesque surroundings and in the same time we read our guide book. A large surprise was that there are four Statues of Liberty in Paris. Maybe even five if we count its parts. The most famous of them is, of course the one in New York. It was shipped there from France while separated into 350 parts. It was erected in 1886. Its architect is Frédéric Bartholdi. The inner construction was designed by Gustave Eiffel. The premiere of the statue was in Parise in 1878 during the World Fair. Today, we can see its scaled copy near Pont de Grenelle. Despite it is only 10 meters high it is impressive. Another Statues of Liberty might be found in the Luxembourg gardens, Museé des arts et métiers or in the form of a torch near Pont de l'Alma. As the statues were not the goal of our trip, we left out the possibility to see them.
Les Invalides and a golden dome
After a short walk along the banks we turned right where were large greens. Locals used them for free time. Either they were doing sports, or just laying on blankets. Across the center of the gardens runs a road crowded with buses with tourists. At the end of this interesting space, the building of Les Invalides was tanding proudly. Its most impressive dome shined as a jewel thanks to sun rays.
Upon our arrival we had learned that there are couple of museums and interesting places. The whole complex was built in the 17th century by King Louis XIV as a home for elderly French soldiers. He wanted to express gratitude for their brevity in their fights with enemies. Military veterans have had literally royally, received here the best wine and food, was set up here and the hospital. It comes along with a home for war veterans still located today. At peak times, there were a whopping 4,000 veterans..
Of these museums are located here called. Museum of weapons or military museum (Musée de l'armée), where you can military weapons , stroje, equipment from the Stone Age to the present. & nbsp; There is also a National Institute for the Disabled and there & nbsp; or tomb or crypt war generals and heroes. Certainly the most famous is the tomb Napoleon Bonaparte in the crypt under the dome Mansartovým ("golden dome"). In the house there are also classified military-strategic models of cities that have been produced manually. Their disclosure occurred only 40 years ago.
The actual construction of the Invalides must say that it is a beautiful historic complex with 15 squares and a dominant dome, which is regarded as a triumph of French Baroque architecture. A model for this building was St Peter’s basilica in Rome. Its surroundings complete the parks and parks and the ubiquitous military guns and other commemorative monuments.
We enjoyed this spectacle only from the outside to have another reason to return to Paris. And so full of "military" impressions, we continued to wander the city on.Our next stop will be Petit Palais and Grand Palais . But you will learn about it more next week.
Text a foto: Oskár Mažgút
Our Sunday schedule seems great. Upon the breakfast we leave the hotel, give a ride to some tourists to Paris for their individual schedule, and then head to Giverna. The town is known for the fact that Claude Monet once worked there. It is charming, especially on a sunny day.
After a nice walk in the Tuileries Garden we continued to Louver we wanted to see so much. It was supposed to be a conclusion of our tour in Paris. Yet before we got to Louvre we went to the Seine to see the bridge that is a symbol of love, wishes, and friendship.
This is it. Our journey in Paris has came to an end. Our last destination is the legendary, beautiful, and fascinating Le Grand Louvre, or just Louvre for short. Before we even entered the world of colorful French history put in contrast to the modern France, we spent time seeing Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel.
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.
I intended to make a trip somewhere. So I surfed on the internet to find out about my options. After while I made the decision. Paris! This trip would be short but the program would be interesting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On the crossroad in front of the La Madeleine church, we decided to go in direction to Garnier Opera. Soon we were waiting in front of the neo-Baroque building. It is the largest theater in the world as it has unbelievable 11 000 m2.
After a magical walk near luxurious boutiques on Royale street, or admiring historical buildings on La Madeleine and Garnier Opera. Last part in our series, we visited the Lafayette gallery. We wandered about in pompous spaces for people who like to shop. We saw Paris from above and walked to see another landmark in the city.
Last week we saw Vendôme square and moved to Rivoli street. Right there are many important buildings we took look at in the first days of our tour de Paris. This time we chose to see a street opposite to Rivoli as the beautiful Jardin des Tuileries is located over there.
The biggest sight, the symbol and pride not only of Paris but entire France. This is world-famous Eiffel tower we visit today.
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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.
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Rue de Rivoli, a busy street left us with several interesting experiences. Touch of history represented by the St Jacob’s tower or beautiful architecture of an Art Deco shopping mall. Full of energy we headed to the streets of Paris full of sights, this time we visited the church of Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois.
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