Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel


If you think we like ferris wheels (see here), then you’ll see we also have a fascination with arches ! The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, was built by Napoléon Bonapartre just off the entrance to the Louvre (now museum) and the Tuileries garden between 1806 and 1808. As most arches since ancient Roman time were built to celebrate a victory or series of victories, this one celebrates the French army’s victory at Austerlitz.

Note: I am currently on vacation at the moment and I will be back on August 27. I can read your comments, but will not be able to reply until I return, thank you.

21 comments:

  1. I'm totally impressed by the detail this camera is able to get ... and at night, too!!!

    What you guys see (way in the back, in very small, at the bottom of the middle arch) is the Obelisque of Place de la Concorde, and behind it, really, really small, is the Arc de Triomphe, a mile away (or more?)!

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  2. It's a beautiful picture Eric.
    If I'm right, the four horses on the top of the arch are a reproduction of the ones located in Saint Mark's Cathedral in Venice (although the original ones were in Paris for some time).

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  3. Yes, I believe that is true about the horses!

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  4. edulabbe is right. Napoleon siezed the quadriga as spoils of war and the thing resided in Paris until the Restoration. These are actually Roman equestrian statues, and figure of the charioteer that stood between them has been discovered.

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  5. By that I mean the quadriga is a Roman statue group. These are reproduction.

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  6. I took a picture of this from the exact same angle during my trip a couple weeks ago (and at night). Thanks for bringing back my good times....or stealing them...kidding.

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  7. I never knew that about the horses and could never understand why it was called a Carrousel when to me it wasn't a carrousel at all! Good eye Tomate!!

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  8. Hey Eric,

    While doing my morning surf (web that is), I noticed that Expatica has you listed in their Best Life in France blogs . Pas mal!

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  9. A timeless image captured wonderfully. Like Jon mentions, this brings a brilliant reminder of a lovely time for us (riding our bikes right through the center arch with hardly anyone around at 9PM!). Thanks Eric!
    -Kim

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  10. A beautiful shot of a classic location - brings back great memories!

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  11. Sigh....I sure miss Paris.
    Lovely picture Eric, it makes me feel like I'm there again.
    I love seeing pictures up here, from places that I actually saw! Thanks for keeping a bit of Paris with me everyday, until I return again next year or 2008!!!

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  12. Great photo Eric, I like the ghostly people! Interesting trivia about Saint Mark's Cathedral, it also reminds me of the top of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin...

    Have a great holiday.

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  13. You know Eric, you have it all here. Beautiful pictures, interesting facts and trivia. I think all we need is a bit of food and some music and it'll be a perfect package!

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  14. Me too!!! I love food! Oh wait, it was me that said food!

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  15. Love the shot. I spent a few years wandering around the National Mall in DC taking night shots of the monuments, and it is by far my favorite time to shoot. I have not done much in the way of night shots in my current area, but I did just start a Daily Photo blog of Delta Colorado (http://deltadailyphoto.blogspot.com/). Hope you enjoy it.

    Bill

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  16. Love the shot.
    Love the place as well.

    I have very nice memories of this place at night...

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  17. WOW.. very beautiful picture!!
    I miss Paris.. :(

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