Wednesday, July 12, 2006

National Archives


So, apparently you like the Paris scenery at night... I took advantage of a dinner I had with friends in Le Marais to take this photo. The two towers are the only remains of the house that Olivier de Clisson built in 1371. It was then sold to the Guise family in 1556 then to the Soubise family in 1700 and became the home of the national archives at the end of the 19th century. Believe me, when you walk down the rue des Archives at night, it's really magnificent and takes on a whole different look.

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46 comments:

  1. The Soubise and Rohan are beautiful, but a visit to the interior of the A.N. was kind of a bust in my tours of Paris. There is this:

    "Historique : Bureau plat, exécuté pour le cabinet de Louis XV au château de Choisy par l'ébéniste Gaudreaux ou Godreaux en 1744, il était alors paré de laque noire. Il fut modifié en 1787 par Hauré et Benneman pour Thierry de Ville d'Avray, garde du mobilier royal, et plaqué alors de noyer jaune de la Guadeloupe. Bronzes dorés de style Louis XV. Une tradition très sérieuse veut que ce bureau ait servi en l'an II au Comité de Salut Public aux Tuileries, les emblèmes révolutionnaires remplacèrent alors le chiffre du Roi sur les bronzes, comme on le voit encore, et que Robespierre y ait été étendu dans la nuit du 9 au 10 thermidor, avant son transfert à la Conciergerie, après la blessure reçue à l'hôtel de ville. Le cuir vert qui recouvre le plateau porterait la marque de son sang. Ce bureau est entré aux Archives nationales le 4 août 1849 avec les papiers du Comité du Salut Public.

    Which I knew about before the visit and sought out. It wasn't even labelled. The blood of Robespierre. Kind brings you closer to le thermidor, l'an deux, eh? Well, the possible blood of Robespierre.

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  2. I've always wanted to "see" these remaining towers--how lovely to see them first in the nightlight. Thank you very much.

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  3. Great Shot! Sorry Eric for the delete. Ithought this was the Hotel de Sens.

    Thanks Rodney

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  4. I just can't get over how clean these stones are!!! Amazing.

    And this shot really looks fantastic viewed at full screen.

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  5. Eric, it makes me smile every time the "cliche" term appears on your site. I've used it, Tomate used it, Michael used it, and now you are using it. I think it's hilarious to throw this term back at the original critic who threw it at your site. Bof! I love beauty, and if looking at a Monet, a Renoir, a Delacroix, an Ingres, a David, or a beautiful woman is a cliche, then I will revel in being obsolete. These turrets and the Conciergerie are lovely photos. I next will visit Michel's site for more beauty. Can beauty be a cliche? If anyone says yes, then all I'll quote Louis Jordan: Jack, you're dead.

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  6. Maybe one would find Cinderella inside. I love the shadows from the tree.

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  7. Hey all, if I'm not mistaken, both Buzzgirl and GG have birthdays around now!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

    JOYEUX ANNIVERSAIRE!!

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  8. I am going there tomorrow to see Alvin Ailey dance company perform in the gardens.
    The aisle of the building that you are showing almost looks like it does not belong there as the mansion/hotel particulier has been completely by the Soubise family. The entrance on rue des Francs Bourgeois is probably the one people are used to and I bet you that most have not seen the towers.
    Great shot anyway.

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  9. aphotographerinparis--> please do tell us afterwards how the Alvin Ailey performance is. I've always wanted to see this dance company!

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  10. awesome photograph eric...very fairytale

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  11. Magnifique.
    J'ai beaucoup apprécié aussi les précisions de brian_cb et...
    I agree with Jeff, I think I'm obsolete too.

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  12. Just have to say...Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair!

    So she tossed her bunny out the window!

    Like I told "Kala"...tired and crazy Mom syndrome...after doing a graveyard "sick kid" watch!

    Think I'll hit the hay...gorgeous shot by the way Eric...I just finished a book called "Murder in the Marais" by Cara Black...took me all around the 4th!

    :-) Nite-nite!

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  13. Rapunzel...LOL!

    By the way, there are more cow photos on Boston Weekly Photo.

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  14. > Michael : Thanks !!!
    and Happy Bday Buzzgirl !

    > Jeff, Michael and others : about "clichés". you might know it's a french word that originally just means a picture made with a camera. So I'm glad to announce once and for all that EVERY picture in Eric's blog is very much a "cliché" !!! Ha ha ha ! Nasty Me !!!

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  15. Quick notice: Buzzgirl's birthday is... on the 28th, not today.

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  16. Hi eric, if you continue to do this great work with PDP (hei my blog is PDP too:S!!) one day French government will force blogger to put PDP archives on this building:-)

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  18. A great night shot! I especially like the creepy looking shadows of the trees on the building.

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  19. Michael: This cow thing is a bit scary. I visited Madison, Wisconsin for the 4th of July and there are cows, just like the one in Boston, all over the city, decorated by various corporate sponsors. It reminded me of the Paris cows, though I couldn't remember the artist(s). Somebody is making some cash with these fiberglass cows. I think they are being overused and whether or not in photos, they are, peut etre, becoming a...
    Buzzgirl and GG: bon anniversaire.

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  20. I, too, thought of Rapunzel! I love the angle of this shot and again the night lighting envelops this "fairy tale" like structure with real magic. Thank you for the historical background, too.
    -Kim

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  21. what an eerie picture. all that's missing is some fog.

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  22. Paris is gorgeous at night. Going to the lower deck of the Eiffel Tower and just gazing at the city is a beautiful sight.

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  23. There is also a wonderfull view on this tower seen from the "rue de Braque" which is perpendicular to the "rue des Archives" and on the axis of the tower.

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  24. I love the way the shadows play on these stunning towers!

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  25. One of my favourite places to walk in Paris. Especially on Sundays, when is full of people!

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