As Jean Cocteau once said, « In Paris everyone wants to be an actor, no-one renounces to being just a spectator ». Strolling through its streets, the urge to photograph its most beautiful surroundings overtakes us. As the summer season is about to start, we share with you 5 must-see Paris monuments and locations for Polaroid Photography.
The Louvre Pyramid
In 1981, the French President decided that the Louvre needed to be extended into a bigger structure to house its growing collection of artefacts. The sino-american architect Ieoh Ming Pei is commissioned to build the Pyramid – the Museum’s new entrance. It is the same proportions as that of Gizeh in Egypt, here with 128 steel bars and 675 losanges of glass and 10mm thick. The pyramid was inaugurated in 1989, and cost almost 12 million euros to build.
This cathedral and its impressive gothic architecture was once popularised by Victor Hugo’s novel, The hunchback of Notre-Dame. Since its construction, the cathedral has become one of the big symbols of Paris, where many religious and political events have taken place – Notre-Dame truly is a history book in its own right.
Fountains of Place de la Concorde
The fountains were built by German Jacques Ignace Hittorff who had spent two years studying the architecture and fountains of Italy: they are influenced by the fountains of Rome, particularly Piazza Navona and the Piazza San Pietro, both of which had obelisks aligned with fountains.
Hittorff’s two fountains were on the theme of rivers and seas, with allegorical figures and fish spouting water – they are probably the most beautiful of the capital.
The French Revolution (1789-1799) was one of the most violent periods in French history. During these years, the Conciergerie became famous as the location where prisoners were held before they were taken to the guillotine to be beheaded. It also housed the Revolutionary Tribunal, a court set up to trial opponents of the French Revolution.
Located on the west side of the Île de la Cité, the Conciergerie began its life as a royal palace – the Palais de la Cité. The impressive site was chosen by Phillippe le Bel (Philip the Fair) in the early fourteenth century so that on it he could build a palace that would reflect his wealth and stature. In its heyday – the Middle Ages – the palace was considered one of the finest in the world.
Paris from the Seine
Contemplating Paris from Seine opens up to a completely different perspective. Hop aboard one of the tour boats and let yourself be gently carried by the flows. The monuments now take on a different form different to the one we already have in our minds. It is an opportunity to take a closer look at the beautiful bridges and their architecture in more detail.
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