Monteith's Handbook to the Sights of Paris, and Guide to the Great Exhibition

Monteith's Handbook to the Sights of Paris, and Guide to the Great Exhibition

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ...of mind of the Duchess de Berri the Monarch would also have perished. The place was erected by Henry IV., and, though now not much frequented, was the favourite promenade of the elegants and elegantes who flourished at the period of Louis XIII., whose statue in white marble decorates the centre. There are four rather pretty fountains in the place. It is a perfect square, open to the public, and on the whole worth a visit. Arc de l'Etoile, avenue de Neuilly and Champs Elysees.-.--A triumphal arch commenced by Napoleon, and completed by Louis Philippe. This is, in point of elaborate execution, the finest work of the kind extant; it consists of a series of arches united under one entablature, 152 feet high, 137 feet in length, and 68 feet broad, decorated with sculpture, in high relief, illustrative of the wars of Napoleon: the names of the generals of the Empire and the victories gained by the French armies are inscribed on the vaults of the arches. The structure being situated on an eminence commands an extensive view of the surrounding country. Visitors on ascending to the summit pay a few sous to the guardian. Column of July, place de la Bastille.--A bronze pillar, 163 feet high, surmounted by a figure of Liberty, erected to commemorate the victims of the Revolution of July 1830, who are interred beneath the column. It is chiefly remarkable as being situated on the site of the Bastille, for many ages the state prison of France, but totally demolished at the Revolution of 1789. Within the pillar there is an iron staircase, by which the summit may be gained which commands a view of the surrounding locality. Napoleon proposed to erect on this spot a fountain, surmounted by an enormous elephant in bronze, the material for which was to have more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236628675
  • 9781236628671