Paris

Paris : The City of Light

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When you think of Paris do you picture the Eiffel Tower? The medieval city of Notre Dame? The elegant boulevards of Baron Haussmann? The Montmartre of Toulouse- Lautrec? The grandeur of the Louvre? The Art Nouveau of the Paris Metro? The Grand Projets of Franc ois Mitterrand? Or...? Yes, there is just so much beauty to Paris.
In 150 striking images, Paris celebrates the French capital, from its world-famous landmarks to evocative alleyways and corners that might surprise you. You may have heard, for instance, about the Paris catacombs and sewers that you can visit, but did you know about La Petite Ceinture, a disused 19th century railway line that circumnavigates the inner city?
From the medieval marvels of Sainte-Chapelle to the 1970s Pompidou Centre to the latest pop-up beaches beside the Seine, the book explores a great many sides to the city. In collecting these images of the city today, we come to understand something of its history - from the executions that took place at the Place de la Concorde during the Revolution to the Arc de Triomphe honouring those who served in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars to the skyscrapers of La De fense.
Presented in a landscape format and with captions explaining the story behind each entry, Paris is a stunning collection of images celebrating the world's most romantic city.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 296 x 219 x 25mm | 1,468g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 150 photos; 150 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1782746587
  • 9781782746584

Table of contents

Introduction

Medieval City
Notre Dame
Sainte-Chapelle
I le de la Cite
Pont Neuf
La Sorbonne
La Conciergerie

16th Century to the 19th Century
Louvre
Les Invalides
Place de la Concorde
Arc de Triomphe
Boulevard Haussmann
Luxembourg Gardens
Place de Furstenberg
Eglise Saint-Sulpice
Pere Lachaise Cemetery Sacre Coeur and Montmartre Eiffel Tower

The Modern City
Art Nouveau and Art Deco Paris
Louvre Pyramid
Pompidou Centre
La Defense
Muse e d'Orsay, housed in the Beaux-Arts railway station Gare d'Orsay

Underground City
Paris Metro stations
The Catacombs
The Paris Sewers
La Petite Ceinture Railway
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About Alastair Horne

Alastair Horne has been a regular visitor to Paris since his first trip back in 1997 as a callow twenty-five year old, when he spent more than an hour searching for the Bastille before remembering precisely why it was famous. In recent years he has made annual visits to the city to explore its many sights: its museums, galleries and, most of all, its magnificent cemeteries. After working for more than a decade at Cambridge University Press, he is now undertaking doctoral research at the British Library and Bath Spa University, exploring how mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets are changing the relationship between author, text, and reader. He is also a journalist, speaker, and lecturer specialising in the publishing industry, and is currently writing a novel set in an unnamed Parisian cemetery in the early twentieth century.
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