SAMUEL DAVID BRAVO

photography

Place Vendôme

Paris, France
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May 2018

Place Vendôme is a spacious square at the frontend of Paris' rue de la Paix. At the centre lies a prominent column Napoleon dedicated to himself in 1818. The column was made from the bronze of his enemies' cannons. As if that wasn't enough, all the plates show Napoleon beating them in battle.

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At the top, Victory stands on the world in Napoleon's right hand, while he holds a sword in his left. This is not the original statue, however. In 1818 they took that bronze to rebuild the Henri IV statue at Pont Neuf.

The Vendôme Column was disassembled in the 1870s, since the Paris Commune considered the theme of war and conquest as bad taste. They rebuilt it soon after.

I quite enjoyed Place Vendôme. This was a nice introduction to the city of Paris, which had so much more to offer. The rest of the trip did not disappoint.

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