The Magic of the Cities.

Zen promotes the rediscovery of the obvious, which is so often lost in its familiarity and simplicity. It sees the miraculous in the common and magic in our everyday surroundings. When we are not rushed, and our minds are unclouded by conceptualizations, a veil will sometimes drop, introducing the viewer to a world unseen since childhood. ~ John Greer

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Place Charles de Gaulle

Arc de Triomphe
Place Charles de Gaulle
The Tomb of The Unknown Soldier 

The Arc de Triomphe is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It is located on the right bank of the Seine River. It forms the backdrop for an impressive urban ensemble in Paris. The monument surmounts the hill of Chaillot at the center of a pentagon-shaped configuration of radiating avenues. It was commissioned in 1806 after the victory at Austerlitz by Emperor Napoleon at the peak of his fortunes. Laying the foundations alone took two years, and in 1810 when Napoleon entered Paris from the west with his bride Archduchess Marie-Louise of Austria, he had a wooden mock-up of the completed arch constructed. The architect Jean Chalgrin died in 1811, and the work was taken over by Jean-Nicolas Huyot. During the Bourbon Restoration, construction was halted and it would not be completed until the reign of King Louis-Philippe, in 1833–36 when the architects on site were Goust, then Huyot, under the direction of Héricart de Thury. Napoleon's body passed under it on 15 December 1840 on its way to its second and final resting place at the Invalides.[6] The body of Victor Hugo was exposed under the Arch during the night of the 22 May 1885, prior to burial in the Panthéon

Beneath the Arc is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from the First World War. Interred here on Armistice Day 1920, it has the first eternal flame lit in Western and Eastern Europe since the Vestal Virgins' fire was extinguished in the year 394. It burns in memory of the dead who were never identified (now in both World Wars). The French model inspired the United Kingdom's tomb of The Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey. A ceremony is held there every 11 November on the anniversary of the armistice signed between France and Germany in 1918. It was originally decided on 12 November 1919 to bury the unknown soldier's remains in the Panthéon, but a public letter-writing campaign led to the decision to bury him beneath the Arc de Triomphe. The coffin was put in the chapel on the first floor of the Arc on 10 November 1920, and put in its final resting place on 28 January 1921. The slab on top carries the inscription ICI REPOSE UN SOLDAT FRANÇAIS MORT POUR LA PATRIE 1914–1918 ("Here lies a French soldier who died for the fatherland 1914–1918"). [Wiki]

Jose Saramago - 16 Nov 1922-18 June 2010.
Carlos Monsivais - 4 May 1938-19 June 2010.
(Splendid minds of XX-XXI centuries and both leftists.)

New York, Washington, Paris, Vienna, Eisenstadt, Venice, Firenze and Rome series try to continue in Sketches of Cities. (At Least Once A Week)
Gracias por su visita. / Thanks for visiting, please be sure that I read each and every one of your kind comments and I appreciate them all.


Boom Nisanart said...

Carraol, This is Stunning shot !!!!
I love the first one : )

Leif Hagen said...

Some wonderful photos of Paris and the L'arc de Triomphe!

brattcat said...

It's wonderful traveling to Paris with you.

Japy said...

I love the first one. Greetings.

Luis Gomez said...

Que placer ver tus imagenes de Paris! Hermosisimas.

this too will pass said...

great set of pics

joo said...

Your photos are stunning - the well known place is presented in such a different way!

Anonymous said...

AMAZING picture of arc de Triumphe.

Cris said...

Aaaaaaaah! Eso es maravilloso!!!!!
Que buenísimo trabajo retratando un bellísimo local.
Me encanta!


T. Becque said...

Your photos never cease to take my breath away.

Jilly said...

Beautiful shots. The first one is magnificent! Bravo.

B SQUARED said...

Wonderful bit of history to accompany the photos.