Week - a disastrous few to discover Paris. But suffice to elements of the Paris mosaic formed into a beautiful pattern, which you will add new elements with each subsequent visit to Paris ...
by Zhebiton on August 25, 2011
Each floor in its color (1st floor - Room lemon-colored, 2 - pink, 3 - orange 4 - beige). I lived on the 3rd floor - in a jaunty orange room. The room has everything you need: a very comfortable bed (with extra pillows and blankets), bath with all accessories and a good dryer, nice soft towels, a separate toilet tiny, slippers, small safe (but very inconvenient location - at the bottom of a wardrobe), telephone , TV, free WIFI and a possible back in the room had a very funny mini-bar in a padded stools. The hotel has also paid laundry and dry cleaning and parking nearby. Breakfast in the room are not included but can be ordered from room (13 e - a choice of two types), but the best option - there are a number of small cafes, where you can have breakfast with hot croissants or biscuits with chocolate and delicious coffee drink. Opposite the hotel a small grocery store. Nearest Metro station - Tuileries (3-5 minute walk). Much of the hotel within walking distance (5 to 15 minutes) - Louvre, the Tuileries Gardens, Place Vendome, pl. Concorde, the Palais Royal, Opera.
by Zhebiton on October 12, 2011
Background. In 1893, two cousins Théophile Bader and Alphonse Kahn decided to open a novelty - a big store on the corner of Lafayette and Highways - D'Antin in a busy commercial district of the Opera, where a constant stream of visitors would come out of Paris and the provinces of trains at the newly opened railway Station Road Saint-Lazare. Such an advantageous location in the heart of the store lively shopping district brought a lot of customers every day. From the outset, Galeries Lafayette are equally attracted to both women of higher social class and working women who went to shop at lunchtime. They were called figuratively "poludennitsami" - time enough only for a light lunch at noon. In 1980 he was a great success with "Fashion Festival": 50,000 people visited the ongoing 90 fashion shows. "Oscar" of the festival offered very attractive prices and design made specifically for the Galeries Lafayette. Now there are two huge shopping center, just behind the Opera Garnier. Reveal the secret of how to get to the terrace quickly. Do not wait for the elevator - it stops at almost every floor and you go crazy in anticipation. Need to go to the escalator and get to the 7th floor. This is the way out. You will find a panoramic view of Paris rooftops. High-rise buildings are located in downtown and in the center there is nothing that eclipses the landscape.
by Zhebiton on April 21, 2012
If we talk about the size of the Louvre, it is the world's third floor space museum. There are so intricately intertwined multiple exposures, the incredible luxury of age and architectural styles that walking through the Louvre, it is impossible to absorb all its beauty and splendor of the first, and even the second time. Visiting Paris, you are guaranteed to be back here again and again and discover something new.Find the Louvre is quite easy. It is spread in the heart of Paris, on the right bank of the Seine, the Rue de Rivoli.The building of the Louvre is huge. To make the exposition was open all the rooms Louvre, it is simply not enough staff. At the entrance to the Louvre, you will meet a statue of the King - the sun of Louis XIV. This statue is the starting point of the historical axis of Paris.To date, the Louvre - one of the oldest museums in France with a rich history and exposure. He will present your eye on the kind of history of France Kapettingov to the present day.The collection laid Francis I, and continued his case Louis XIV. Gallery biographical paintings that adorned the palace hall, ordered from Rubens' Marie de Medici widow of Henry IV and mother of Louis XIII. But the biggest acquisition yet made Louis XIV. He purchased the largest of the paintings at a time - 200 pictures Everara Zhebaha. When the Louvre only meant as a museum, the royal art collection numbered more than 2,500 paintings. A large number of sculptures in the Louvre has removed from the museum's sculpture. Many paintings and sculptures were received during the Napoleonic wars, as trophies. Many artifacts of ancient Egypt, the Middle East - the result of wars of Napoleon Bonaparte. Venus de Milo acquired the French ambassador at the Turkish government.The Louvre is considered the most visited museum in the world. Here you can easily take the audio guide in Russian, and enjoy the beauty of the Louvre on a self-guided tours.Speaking in numbers, the Louvre collection contains about 300,000 items. To everyone's review exhibited only 35 000. All of the Louvre exhibition, figuratively can be divided into groups: the Ancient East, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece and Rome, Islamic Art, sculpture, paintings, graphics.Initially, in the Louvre were only antique statues. The most famous statue Zamli, incidentally, are found in the Louvre. Here you can see the Venus de Milo and Nike of Samothrace. Exception of a number of ancient masterpieces, made up only of Michelangelo. In 1824 the Louvre begin their work, five new rooms dedicated to the Renaissance, until the 18th century. Then there are the medieval statues.As for the art, the Louvre and there is no equal. Here are a variety of jewelry, figurines, glassware, furniture and tapestries. Period - from the Middle Ages to the 19th century.As for the paintings, the Louvre has more than 6,000 paintings, including the famous "Mona Lisa" by Leonardo da Vinci. The collection includes a 130,000 graphics items, which are divided into a collection of drawings, including prints.
by Zhebiton on May 22, 2011
"Elysium" in mythology - it's Elysium in the afterlife. In this world in the fields - the Arc de Triomphe and the boutiques.Elysium in mythology - it's Elysium in the afterlife. Prices here really mythical: the entire explosive luxury focused on the Champs roadsides - boutiques, restaurants, offices, cabaret version of the biggest newspapers. Next to the famous Lido fell in a Russian restaurant "Rasputin ". And here is one of the symbols of France - Arc de Triomphe.
For many, France - the birthplace of "Emmanuelle," a kiss with tongue and various fancy entertainment. So if you come for romance and erotic experience, it definitely will not be bored. Go to the Boulevard de Clichy - there is neither a house, a sex shop with hundreds of trendy toys or strip club, where in addition to private-dance you can order any service. Before the war there were popular brothels in the 19 century - salons known throughout the literary coterie of courtesans. But the main attraction of the boulevard - the legendary cabaret "Moulin Rouge", where Toulouse-Lautrec painted seductive legs from nature. Now there can and can draw, but the pictures can not even be in the toilet. Smoking is also impossible, and there is no corruption. Reserve a table is easiest on the internet, log on to view is 80-90, with dinner 150-180 euros.
by Zhebiton on February 11, 2011
During the French Revolution, the castle is completely deserted, but the building survived. From 1796 it housed the Graduate School of Arts and then a special military school. After coming to power of Napoleon I, the castle regained its former purpose and blossomed with new colors. In November 1804 for adoption at Fontainebleau by Pope Pius VII, who came for the coronation of Napoleon in Notre Dame, the future emperor ordered to re-arrange the lock in record time, just two weeks. As a result, apartments are equipped with the Pope were in the suite of eleven rooms, following the royal apartments. These rooms are located in two buildings of different eras and was named "The apartments of Louis XIII» and apartments of Louis XV ». Apartment Louis III includes the reception and lounge Officers, reception hall with ceiling age of Henry II and the walls decorated with four tapestries "History of Alexander the Great"; bedroom with a tapestry of the Triumph of the Gods "and the dressing-room. Napoleon I regularly visited the Fontainebleau. Wanting to open the lock by the city and make it the main entrance, it destroys a wing of the Ferrari and replaces it with the current lattice gate. On his initiative, the architect Gyurto recovers almost completely destroyed the gallery of Diana length of 80 meters, has created under Henri IV. The original decor of the gallery that tells the story of the goddess of hunting, made Ambroise Dubois and Jean de GEO, was continued by Marie-Joseph Blondel and Abel de Pujol in the era of the Restoration. Napoleon III later turned the gallery into the library, which includes volume library of Napoleon I, commissioned for the Tuileries. A special place in the apartments of Napoleon I took office, because the emperor had an amazing capacity for work and was able to restore power during a short respite on an iron bed, installed in the cabinet.The following changes have taken place in the castle of Fontainebleau under Louis Philippe, who has repeatedly stayed at this residence. On his initiative, there was held a lot of work for the restoration and rebuilding, improving comfort and decor. Artists Jean Alo and Abel de Pujol restored and complemented many damaged frescoes. Significant changes have occurred in the hall guard. Like its predecessor, Napoleon III attached great importance to Fontainebleau and spent a lot of work to restore the castle. Napoleon III salon of Francis I graced the carpet on hunt of the Emperor Maximilian, woven in the XII century Gobelins factory in the Flemish drawings of the XVI century.After the fall of the Empire of Fontainebleau castle at times served as the residence of some presidents of the Republic III, and in 1927 became a national museum.
by Zhebiton on February 25, 2011
Chantilly castle appears before the eyes of driving up gradually. At first he seems boxes for jewelry, souvenirs, dropped by on the edge of a mirrored pond.Then you approach closer - and you see do not gift the size of construction - the bridge entrance gates, a monumental staircase.The estate was the property of the Montmorency in 1484. In 1560, architect Jean Byullan building commissioned by Anne de Montmorency, a Renaissance castle.In 1632, the Constable's grandson, Henry II de Montmorency, was put to death for harboring Gaston d'Orleans during another rebellion. The estate was confiscated first, and then how to convey the heirs - his sister Charlotte, who was executed and her husband - Prince Henry II de Condé.So, in the castle reigned Conde. The Board of the Great Condé was marked, among other things, and history with the converter. Maybe somewhere in here - where visitors now pass the restaurant "Kitchen Vatel, hurrying to the bathroom -" Master of the holidays "and opened his belly, hoping not to wait for the fish you ordered.Great great-grandson, Louis-Henri (Louis IV) Conde believed that in the next life he will become a horse. So he laid not far from the castle stables and racecourse. There have been held horse races, would have a reputation. In "The Count of Monte Cristo" Andrea Cavalcanti runs from police, and settles in a hotel - "talking about the last races at Chantilly, he waited until coming to say that the room is ready." Today there is a "Museum of the horse." The last of Conde, Louis-Henri II, he lived a fairly long life. During the exile in England, he met with a prostitute Sophia Dawes, who brought home after the Restoration. There he married her to certain Baron Feshera, which, however, after learning about her past, divorced his wife. Sophie came to live with Louis-Henri. In this case, Sophie Dawes did not take the courts nor Louis XVIII, nor Charles X, her, naturally, enraged. There is a version that it has entered into an agreement with St. Louis-Philippe, then a contender for the throne, that in exchange for recognition of their status convince Conde (who after the murder of his son no more children) to write a will in favor of his nephew's wife - one Children of Louis Philippe. The testament was written a few months later there was the July Revolution of 1930, and a few months, Louis-Henri found hanged in one of his castles. Sophie Dawes received his share under the will and was forced to go to London - public opinion, as well as some witnesses during the investigation, blamed her for the death of the last of Conde.
by Zhebiton on March 5, 2011
Сhateau Chantilly, the former residence of the Princes of Conde, relatives of the French Bourbon kings. From different sides of the castle looks like a completely different building. It consists of two adjacent parts. The family of Montmorency, Conde has played a very honorable role in French history, Constable (something like a military commander) of France during the reign of Francis the first part of the castle built in the 16 century. True, one of his descendants rebelled against Louis the 13th. Louis, without hesitation, the lock is selected, the rebellious lord lightly executed, but later returned the castle to his sister who was executed. By the time France went to the Louis Room 14, apofigeyu French absolutism, when the castle went at full speed balls, banquets, receptions, yet it was the great French Revolution, destroyed everything, including the castle. Later, romantically minded descendant of Conde restored castle in 19 century together and bequeathed it to the state (more precisely, "Institute of France"), provided that after his death, everything will stay "as is", the property is sold and everything in the castle will remain at their places.Before the entrance are monuments to the hunting dogs. Hunting - a favorite amusement of French aristocrats, with the exception of evenings with mistresses and card games on the pendants. Especially because the estate is located next to the forest of Chantilly. Today this place is family-friendly, but at certain seasons it is possible to hunt. Duck, wild boar, deer, all of this franzuzsko-hunting game is there. The chapel of the castle, founded in 19 century on the site of the chapel, which is destroyed during the French Revolution. The library of the castle are stored historical books and manuscripts belonging to the family of Montmorency and Conde. Much was destroyed during the French Revolution. The most valuable exhibit of the collection - Duke Berriyskogo breviary, which is stored in the library for seven locks and visitors to show his computer prints. The illustrations in this book are among the finest examples of medieval painting, we may be familiar from high school history textbook, about 6 th grade. All of these pictures from the book, which depicts the melancholic type of peasants, throw grain in the background of a rider in long boots and left the dog, a pig on the right - all these prints there. Collection of paintings of the castle is almost second in France after the Louvre. Particularly well represented Italians of the Renaissance, and, of course, French. Paintings hang in the same combined order in which they were privately owned, in accordance with the will of the former owner. Chantilly - capital of the French equestrian sports. In the era of the princes of Conde here was one of the equestrian center. One of the owners of the castle believe in reincarnation of his soul as a horse, which contributed to a very reverent attitude of the family to this mammal. Near the castle there are historical stables.
by Zhebiton on March 10, 2011
The main cathedral of medieval France, founded in 625, the very first Gothic cathedral in the world (1140). Main abbey in France. Shrine of the French kings, from Dagobert (638). Here are buried the Kings in 1925, 10 queens and 84 princes and princesses. In essence, a suburb of Paris, where goes underground - line 13, stop Basilique St Denis. Can be reached by RER, in line D, stop Saint Denis. Area inhabited by expatriates and the reputation of being unsafe, so do not go here at night looking. Exit the metro station just around the Hotel le Ville, bypass it with the right side - and before you in all its glory - the cathedral. Cathedral can be viewed free of charge, but only to prialtarnoy part where the tombs of the Kings will have to watch out for the fence. Ticket office and entrance to the necropolis - the right side of the cathedral, standing before the cashier booklets with diagrams of burial, including and in Russian. First it was exactly over the graves gravestones, but during the revolution occurred not only with war memorials, but also with the corpses - the bones of the kings from Dagobert I, which is more than a thousand years had lain in the tomb had been dug and dumped in a heap later they are simply buried in the surrounding cemetery. Sami monuments escaped with only broken toes, apart from Hugh Capet, his tombstone was turned to powder. After the restoration of the monarchy gravestones dwell on the place in the basilica, but out where whose bones have not been possible. Because they just moved from a mass grave and buried in the former tomb of Marshal Turenne.
by Zhebiton on March 12, 2011
Area of the Hotel de Ville, where the city hall of Paris, until 1830 called Grevskoy. In the XII century merchant guild of merchants built on the sandy water right bank of the Seine, where it was convenient to unload the goods, the port, which soon also became known as Grevskim (Fr. greve - sandy beach). Formed corporation river traders, who won in 1170 the monopoly of trade on the River. This davalo them greater power, as trade was conducted largely in this way. Prior to the XIII century. Paris ruled by royal governors. In 1260 St Louis gave part of municipal government representatives guild merchants and navigators, who by that time the most venerated of the city corporations. Municipality led by the head of the merchants and four elders. They adopted a seal with the vessel, which became the emblem of the city. During the century meetings were held at the Chatelet Square. At Grevskuyu area it moved into in 1357, Etienne Marcel, head of the guild of merchants, building merchants for the council elders (provost of merchants), an office building - "House on legs." Title attributed to the fact that the first floor of the building drawn up an arcade. Now at the southern facade of the modern City Hall, on the terrace overlooking the quay quai Hôtel de Ville, is equestrian monument Etienne Marcel. From 1310 to 1830 on Grevskoy area were public executions. Terrible spectacle was so popular that people were paying huge money for the lease of the windows and seats on the roofs of neighboring houses. From the balcony of this building (now Paris City Hall), Lafayette and Orleans (the future King Louis-Philippe of France) proclaimed the July Monarchy. In 1835, the Hotel de Ville slightly expanded and restructured under the guidance of the architects of the Year and Lyussyuera. Thirteen years (February 26, 1848) in the municipality of the poet Lamartine proclaimed the Second Republic, and Gambeta September 4, 1870 - the third. During construction in 1874-82 years. New Hotel de Ville, architects and restorers Depert, Balla tried to keep the old facade. Since then, the Hotel de Ville decorate 136 sculptures, among which are the embodiment of thirty cities in France and the figures of famous Parisians (Moliere, Voltaire, Lavoisier, Zh.de Steel, etc.). Inside City Hall is richly decorated with gold leaf, wood and chandeliers Baccarat. Paintings of the interior the Hotel de Ville Puvis de Chavannes performed. Since 1982 the area was reconstructed, and it became a pedestrian zone. In winter (October to March) on her skating-rink (skate rental 5 euros) and mark out in the summer of beach volleyball or organize exhibitions of landscape design. Here is a nice walk, especially at night when illuminated fountains, created by sculptor and designer, François Xavier Lalanne.
According to architectural solution of Saint-Chapelle - a Gothic version of karolingskoih palace churches. Capella is divided into two levels of equal area (600 m2), but of different heights. The upper, consecrated in the name of the Holy Cross, located on the same level with the royal apartments. It prayed for the royal family, close, high-ranking guests of the kingdom, as well as relics. The lower chapel, consecrated to the Virgin Mary, was intended for the court, the palace guards and servants. The western facade Entrance to the church is a two-story Gothic portico with large arched openings. Through the lower opening - the entrance to the lower chapel. Its portal is dedicated to the Virgin. Arch of the second floor was built over the balcony from which you can get into the upper chapel. Above the portico - the rose of the upper chapel. Pyramidal completion of two symmetrical towers, bell towers decorated with stone spikes, which symbolize the thorns crown of thorns. Before the triangular pediment with a small rose - delicate marble balustrade with two turrets, decorated with the royal lilies. Two angels hold a monogram of King Charles VIII. At the top of towers, "wearing" the crown of France, and a crown of thorns (XV) Medieval Sculpture façade lost (restored in the XIX century). The spire has a height of 33 m, established in 1853. This is the fifth since the beginning of the XII century., Constructed on the model of the XV century. At the base of the spire - the figures of the apostles. The image sv.Fomy (holding a Eker, geodetic tool for constructing right angles) - Lassyus, author of the latest version of the spire. The image sv.Filippa - Deshom, restorer of the Western front. Gable roof is surrounded by a balustrade. Smooth buttresses, like tightening the entire volume of the building are completed with exquisite turrets with gutters, gargoyles. The construction features the lower chapel (6,6 m height of the arch, the width of the nave of 6 m, lateral - 2 m) is the use of small flying buttresses that support the inner vault. Its decor is very diverse: sculpture, painting, stained glass, smaltovaya mosaic, colored glass cabochons for framing reliefs. Interesting capitals (140 pieces), issued in the form of carved fantastic plants. Original paintings and stained glass windows have been lost during the flood in 1690. Capella painted anew in the XIX century.: Blue vault, maroon walls, golden lilies and stars. One gets the impression that the church draped luxuriously. Pay attention to clearance under the walls of stained glass. Colored stone Gothic arches are decorated with 44 medallions (XIII) Depicting scenes of martyrdom of saints. Plot west windows and roses (the diameter of 9 m, 1498) is the Apocalypse. Stained glass is composed of three concentric circles around a central "window-eye" (89 pieces, 80 of which belong to the XIII century). In the center of the stained glass - John the Evangelist at the feet of Christ. Concentric Arrangement Stained Glass illustrates scenes from the Apocalypse: the removal of the seals, the riders, the symbols of evangelists, angels with trumpets heralding the end of the world. In the stained glass used red and blue Venetian glass, and used rare at the time the yellow paint.
Cafe Berthillon, which sells ice cream recipes Bertiyona Mr. Raymond, was discovered half a century ago near the main intersection on the island of Saint-Louis. Actually, to defend all of the tiny glass - the only reason the island is usually visited by Parisians to the mainland. Here are preparing more than 70 varieties, but the most delicious - fruit sorbets (sorbets) with kiwi, passion fruit, melon, pears and strawberries. Ice cream from anything, such as rhubarb or chestnuts. As well as good food and the inevitable espresso at the end of the meal.Shop at Cafe operates from Wednesday to Sunday.
by Zhebiton on March 11, 2011
Garden, which Parisians call "Lyuko" broken in front of the southern facade of the Luxembourg Palace. This is perhaps the most romantic place in Paris parks. There are privacy lovers, are scientific disputes Professor old woman with a hand fed birds, which have long ceased to be afraid of people. The garden was founded in 1613 for Queen Marie de Medici (1573-1642) on lands belonging to the monastery of the Cartesians, built on the site of a medieval fortress Chateau Vover. The fortress was great and enjoyed the sinister reputation, similar to the reputation of locks Bluebeard. After the revolution, the monastery was closed, and expanded the garden. Landscaping engaged Shalgren. It was his work we admire to this day. Who served as a model for many of the statues are mostly related to the XIX century. It is easy to understand. Statues of famous queens and ladies of France lined up along the alleys of the park. Among them are St. Genevieve, Mary Queen of Scots, Anne of Brittany, Clotilde French. Enter through the main gate, walk along the central avenue past the music stand and down the stairs. * You can see only its rear facade of the Luxembourg Palace, the main entrance is located on rue de Vaugirard. At the end of the stairs turn right to a magnificent fountain of the Medici, built in the early XVII century on the initiative of the same Marie de Medici. Made him the de Brosse in the Romanesque style of rococo and he was in another place. In the days of the Queen it was a typical Italian fountain grotto. However, in 1866 a master O. Otten moved the fountain, and supplemented it with a sculptural group, didactic interpreting the myth of Polyphemus. Bronze Centaur (Richelieu) is about to pounce on Galatians (Maria de 'Medici), nothing suspect, lying in the arms of the shepherd Aqidi. On the other hand there is a playground next to her bowling and chess. There is also a playground for walks on a donkey. More quiet, more like a forest of south western part of Park ends with a small orchard grown out to espalier pear trees. Their fruit fall on the table to the senators, or, in the presence of a large harvest, are given to the homeless. At the end of the park fountain installed Observatory (Fontaine de l'Observatoire), which is often called the fountain "Four parts of the world." In the center of the fountain, author, sculptor Daviu, situated a sculptural group work by Jean-Baptiste Karpo. Four naked girls represent four of the continent - Eurasia, North America, South America and Africa. Their faces attached to the features of the peoples of the continents, and on their shoulders, they keep the earth's sphere, surrounded by the celestial sphere. In the plane of the ecliptic of the celestial sphere is located a ring with the symbols of the zodiacal constellations. The author, of course, knew that the continents on the planet five, but Australia rushila whole composition, and it had to be removed. From the waters of the fountain basin eager to heaven beating hooves of horses.
by Zhebiton on February 18, 2011
Arc de Triomphe is located on an area of Charles de Gaulle. Around the arch is constructed roundabout and cars "rays" depart several streets.The arch can be accessed through an underground passage ... Go ...Arch somehow does not strike the size and height, although it (height) of 50 meters, and it's almost two 10-storey building.The arch was built almost 30 years by order of Napoleon in honor of military victories of France.On the walls of the arch engraved with the names of 128 battles, won by the imperial army, as well as the names of 558 French generals.Let's look inside.In order to climb up the arch to be overcome 286 degrees on a very narrow spiral staircase.Rising to fall into...Here is something like a small history museum arch.And in the center of the room - the screen on which the broadcast is happening under the arch.Rise a little more.... and here we are at the top...Now is the time to look around. It should be noted that the opening forms do not yield species with the Eiffel Tower.Top you can see a lot of great roofs.
The Palace Garnier is the thirteenth theater building which housed the Paris Opera, founded by Louis XIV in 1669. The building was built by order of Napoleon III as part of the great Parisian reconstruction project, launched by Baron Haussmann. Was announced a competition to design the Opera, which was won by Charles Garnier - an unknown 35-year-old architect. Construction work, which lasted 15 years from 1860 to 1875, repeatedly interrupted by the war of 1870, the fall of the Empire and the Commune. As a result, the Palace Garnier was opened only on Jan. 15, 1875. In 2000 the main façade of the Opera has been completely renovated, with the result that he again became a colorful and statues - of gold. When we got closer to the Opera House, I remembered how, during a previous visit to Paris tour guide told us that day, for a fee (9 €) you can visit the Opera House and admire its interior decoration. The grand staircase is the original card of the Opera Garnier.Stairs made of marble of various hues. Two flights of stairs lead into the foyer and to the tiers of the auditorium.Also in the Library Museum of the Opera is (referring to the National Library of France), which represents three hundred page history of the Opera: paintings, drawings, photographs and models of theatrical scenery. Also, models and scenery of the Palais Garnier fashionable view in the Museum d'Orsay. Library Museum is located in the rotunda of the Emperor - West Pavilion on the main facade. This rotunda was originally intended for imperial space, however, after the fall of the empire building work has not been completed, as evidenced by an open stone blocks, preserved since 1870. Large foyer, restored in 2004, recalls the classic picture palaces. Mirrors and windows, which expands the gallery space. The magnificent ceiling painting, made by Paul Beaudry, reveals the theme of the history of music. Lyra, the main decorative element a large foyer, can be found on the capitals, heating grids and door handles. In the center of the lobby, near one of the windows overlooking the avenue de l'Opera, installed a copy of the bust of Charles Garnier sculptor Karpo. It is a pity that the auditorium is not available during the daytime inspection: it can only be seen through the small round windows in the doors of the lodge, and most of them were curtained.Hall highlights the huge crystal chandelier, located in the center of ceiling mural, made by Marc Chagall in 1964.
Arc de Triomphe is located in the area of Charles de Gaulle, who wore earlier name: Etoile. And indeed, from the arch in different directions radiate 12 prospectuses. The Arch was built by decree of Napoleon I to the glory of the Grand Army, won the battle Austelitskom 1805. Napoleon wanted an arch was erected in place de la Bastille, in the west of Paris, by the return of troops to the capital, but due to a better location was chosen Etoile on the Champs Elysees. Thus, the arch located on the historic axis of Paris between the Concorde and built much later than the Grand Arch at La Defense quarter, as is easily seen by climbing the observation deck of the Arc de Triomphe.
I`d like to talk about furniture, furniture in the Art Nouveau style (Art Nouveau). Although it is not so much a conversation as a parade of images. Still would like to note that the exposition was presented not only furniture but also other items of decorative art.Appeared in the late XIX century, new art has set a goal "to reflect the life and invents for this style, which takes a sample directly the natural form, is a great variety and dynamism. Thus, in the dining room, designed by Alexander Charpentier around 1900, bizarre vines give manifest in all its glory panels made in the neoclassical style. Interestingly, this decoration was created to Adrien Benard banker, the builder of underground, the man who commissioned Hector Guimard designed the entrance to the Paris Metro. Guimard called himself a representative of the "Art of Architecture" and demonstrated a clear penchant for floral ornaments, as evidenced by the cast ornaments in the museum. The main principle of the Art Nouveau style - the unity of architecture, furniture and decoration. Decorative objects and furniture should not be isolated but should be organically integrated into the overall style of the house. Guimard applies this principle in one of its main buildings, a small castle Béranger in the 16th district in Paris, for which he designs all the furniture. Also in this paper Guimard not forget about plant forms, which can be seen by looking at the couch for a smoking room. Francois Ryuper rifle was trained as a sculptor, but also produces items for the decorative arts. He produced about twenty pieces of furniture, between 1890 and 1904 in which it was felt that he was primarily a sculptor. His work is particularly interesting because of its nude female figures who perform the practical or decorative function. This fountain bears the imprint of reverie. Water, bubbling stream of goatskin, which pushes the naked nymph, is going to sink. Sink represents water, the edge of which is decorated with lilies, which are the holders for soap. Also, we were able to visit an interesting exhibition «Art Nouveau Revival. 1900. 1933. 1966. 1974 (Renaissance Art Nouveau), passing at this time in the Museum d'Orsay. It was interesting to see how the principles declared by modernity, are reflected in subsequent years, developed and interpreted by the representatives of such areas as "organic design", "psihodelizm", "naturalism", etc.
Starting from the XVI century, in Paris along the Seine River located the most beautiful facades, the most majestic buildings, such as the Palace of Justice, the Louvre and the Tuileries palace, the palace of the Academy of Sciences. At the site of a modern museum d'Orsay in the early XVII century, the estate Marguerite of Navarre, the famous Queen Margot. Then here in turn constructed barracks Musketeers first, then the various mansions of the aristocrats. In 1810 on the orders of Napoleon, there was built a new Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Finally passed the Chamber and the State Council in 1871, during the Commune, the palace was burnt. For over 25 years, there was a vacant lot to the ruins of the former palace. Finally, the railway company, the Paris-Orleans managed to acquire this land, who served as a prestigious place for the construction of the station. Realizing that such a building utilitarian purpose, as the station will be beautiful banks of the Seine, the company decides to hold a competition to design the new station. As a result, the project has been selected Victor Laloux. His first project was pleasant in December 1897, and then improved and completed in the next year. Since 1939 the station was abandoned and suffered a long period of decline that threatens his demolition in 1971. Luckily, this did not happen, and while the Georges Pompidou's presidency had the idea to convert the station into a museum. In 1978, the construction given the status of historical monument. Successor, Pompidou, Giscard d'Estaing began the process of reconstruction of the station and converting it into a museum of the XIX century, intended to be transitional between the Louvre and the State Museum of Contemporary Art. Streak for works received the agency AST (AP Kolbok, R. Bardon, J.-F. Philippon). Based on the concept of the project the agency was: "Make no museum in the station, and the Museum of the station." In order to use a large vaulted hall 138 m long, guided tour of the museum was organized in accordance with the horizontal axis of the museum. In 1980, Italian architect Gai Aulenti was assigned to the complex interior. She set up the exhibition space in the central part of the large hall. Lined with massive stone blocks of Burgundy, in contrast to the through-space, intended to strengthen the construction of the museum. To the public museum was opened in December 1986. Museum opens at 9.30. We reached him somewhere at ten to ten. The people were many, despite the fact that the drizzling rain. In general, stood in line for an hour. And the people all come and come the end of the queue was no longer visible. We come a little later, would stand in line for much longer ... Assessing the situation, decided to buy the "museum card" for 4 days, giving the right to visit certain museums, bypassing the enormously long queue at the cashier. A fresh look at Edouard Manet, had special feelings did not cause his work. And then, as if his eyes were opened: it has a special color, thin light transmission. Famous paintings such as "Olympia", "Breakfast on the Grass", "Balcony", appeared in a different light. Emphasis on the word "light", because no printing does not pass this special light.More about the color of the walls of the museum: they are in all rooms are different: blue, brown, olive, red bilberry, purple, etc. And how interesting patterns fit into this color: a contrast, we complement each other. But when we look at the pictures, the surrounding colors also affect our eyesight. As a result, the synthesis of these visual impressions we have a way of painting. For the most part in the d'Orsay is done very well.
by Zhebiton on December 22, 2010
First - just emotion.Firstly, it is very convenient for those who do not know the city. You can sit in any of the buses at any of the stops, to go from one to the other attractions, it is not steaming the need to continually check on the map your route.Secondly, you do not have to spend money on other transport modes.Third - as the number of landings and landings of the bus is not limited in quantity, you can at least 10 times to pass through the same route back to favorite places.Fourthly - it is more than worthy replacement for the standard city tour.Well, in the fifth - it is really very interesting. View from the second floor of the bus - it's not that kind of pavement. From there, it is very convenient to make a photo. And for fans of an innocent look into someone else's window, so all paradise:)And now - practical information.Buses of the company's green color. Sit in the cabin can be liked to any place. In my opinion the most profitable in terms of location shooting on the second floor - is on the left side of the first two places immediately after the stairs. There's a lens does not draw top of climb and can be safely removed. If you just go and stare at the city, then this is certainly the first row immediately behind the windshield. Of course, this does not mean that other places much worse. If you sit on the right - watch out for tall trees. Bus passes right under their canopy, and in some places can click on the nose too long branches.Altogether the company's four routes through the city, which intersect at certain bus stops - there you can change from one route to another. Determine which route should be met by your bus can be on the colored square in the driver's glass.Take the bus can be at any of its stops. They are marked here by such posts. The interval between buses during the warm season (April to October), 10-15 minutes in winter (November through March) - 20-30.But if you go to Paris for the first time, it is better to start with the longest route called the Grand Tour - 19 stops virtually all the most famous sights. This route starts from stop number 1 under the name of Auber. There is also the office and the company.Geographically, it is very close to the Opera, if up to her face - the left side. Ticket is purchased directly from the driver. Payment - both in cash and bank cards. Along with the tickets you give out your headphones and a booklet with the schedule of flights and addresses of the stops. After that you go to a salon, sit down at any place and waiting for departure. The bus will go strictly according to the scheme - from one station to another. On each of them can get out, walk, and sit back in any of the following buses. At each stop, the bus is a few minutes.Tickets. 1-day adult ticket costs 29 euros. Children from 4 to 11 years - 15 euros. Children under 4 years free. 2 days adult - 32 euros, children - the same 15 euros. As you can see, it is more convenient to fly directly to two days. Attention: Ticket operates strictly within the calendar day, not days. That is, buying it up to 16.00, you can use it only until the end of the day, and not until 16.00 the next. Tickets purchased after 16.00 allows you to use it yet and the next day.For 41 euros can buy a ticket for 2 days on the bus + for the same two days, the opportunity to swim without restrictions on Batobus. For those who do not know - this is a river "bus " - a boat. Essence - is the same: you ride, go out, sit down again, and so for two days unlimited number of times.In winter, a proposed addition to an evening tour of Paris. It's no secret that during the Christmas and New Year days in Paris absolutely amazing illumination and backlighting. It is this and invites you to enjoy to the fullest.Departure of the tour takes place daily at 18:30 with a stop at rue Auber, 13. Period when you can please yourself such a trip - from December 10 to January 2, except December 24 and 31.Travel time - 90 minutes. In headphones - the story guide for maintenance of Christmas music.Ticket price - 23 euros for adults, 11 - for children.As the site of Paris L'OpenTour, in the ticket price includes a blanket and a hot drink.
by Zhebiton on November 18, 2010
The Pompidou Center in Paris - very original building. Have made it so that all the transitions, corridors, stairs, elevators were outside the building - inside the rectangular space. At 3-4 of 6 (mud) floor are permanent exhibitions of contemporary art. The remaining floors are reserved for periodic exhibitions.On permanent exhibition can be accessed using Museum pass. Thing, it should be noted, good - for 32 euros you can get in several museums and cathedrals (such as the Louvre, on the roof of Notre-Dame, Orsay Museum, etc.) Since the input is usually less than 8 euros is not the case - then the map bounces when visiting 4 places. In addition, it is valid for two days, and enter a date for yourself. If we take the Chinese handle (which is erased), then you can change the date. This is not to deceive the French, and like to go to museums on different days, which are not consecutive.Ie visiting you on Saturday - have bought the map - plans to attend this day of Notre Dame, the Louvre and something else. Fill the card - appropriately, it is valid for Saturday and Sunday. But on Sunday you have other plans - leaving, say, in Normandy. And then arrive in a week, and flies from Paris, but in the last day of the time you have car - you can visit more museums. Here is when the Chinese pen handy. But I digress.Back to the Pompidou. Center - funny. Escalators from the outside - is not every day you see, and on top form excellent. Type of Centre Pompidou in the street. This piece of iron - no scaffolding, it's external transition center.Pipe on the left belongs to him, too - ventilation of underground facilities. On the title picture - kind of a transition from the inside.
by Zhebiton on September 20, 2010
As is often the most interesting thing is far from the tourist crowds. Log into the legendary Parisian catacombs located in the southern part of the city, directly opposite the exit from the subway station Denfert-Rochreau. Unlike the Louvre or Notre Dame, there are no queues, and admission is free.The plaque at the entrance warning: the faint of heart and core is not recommended to visit the catacombs (Of course!). Long descent on the spiral staircase, narrow and low, with steep stairs. Several hundred meters along a dimly-lit underground corridors, echoing hear the echo of steps and whispers. Finally come across an ancient tablet, warning: "You enter into the kingdom of death."This is the same. Oromny underground hall brim filled with human bones. Thousands of them! Look at you its empty eye sockets, rocks in the grin of yellowed teeth. And not a soul near!Bones are many and very old. How much are they exactly the years, no one knows, as no one knows the names of their respective owners. In times of antiquity, Paris was exceptionally unpleasant place. Every morning on his street is dead-the victim of robbers and drunkenness. The dead were put up for identification in the belly of Paris, after which unclaimed are sent to specially-created for this Innocents Cemetery. Over time the cemetery was enlarged and there are several hundred thousands of unmarked graves. In the late 18 century, it and several other ancient cemeteries, located in the city it was decided to liquidate and transfer the bones buried there kept until the Last Judgement in the catacombs.Catacombs themselves appeared even earlier. Here, under the ground for several hundred years quarried building stone. Of this, some yellow rocks and built Paris. Dug under the city hundreds of miles of tunnels, total length accurately is still far less well known. At different times, they served as a haven for beggars, bandits, monks, guerrillas, revolutionaries and other vermin. Many of them still roam here.Foreign tourists are rare here, the French and does not appear, in the catacombs notoriety. It disappeared and people disappear. Place is bad and impure.To reach out to tramped several miles into the underground, neatly filled with human remains. Around dark, the rustle of snakes and squeak of mice. Sometimes the road crossing the larger rodents. From the ceiling is dripping, squelching underfoot. among the bones moving some my own life.At any moment can suddenly swim out of the darkness of a two-meter guard albino and ask for no flash photography. Creepy.A lot of bones. Anyone can take a souvenir skull or tibia. If you are taking, the output may be asked to make an optional donation to pay 5 euros. Inexpensive for a truly unique souvenir from Paris.
Therefore, only one of the vanquished in the attic this time was the Montparnasse tower. Frankly, I've been searching for where the entrance, ticket office and all that. Walked around in circles. French I do not know, but the English problems from the French. More precisely - with the perception of this language in principle. When they tried to speak English or French in their tweets answer in English, that type of dude, sorry, but I am not your foot in the tooth, they make a mournful expression on his face and practically refuse not to speak, and understand. Here is one such Huh guard sent me almost in the opposite direction. But beating around the tower, I saw a group of people, travel form, also unsuccessfully dolbyaschihsya in a variety of doors. Joint efforts of entry was found. And, oh, a miracle! The line was about 15-20 minutes. I suspect that this is because not all tourists are so hardy, to depict the sheep, fuck skillfully and with ardor Monparnaskoy circles around the tower.Pleasure to rise on the express elevator in Europe on 56 floor 200 meter high tower is worth around 10 euros if I remember correctly. In the elevator a bit swayed, and lays his ears, especially on the descent.From 56 floors to see the city you can from behind the glass. But if even 2 floors crawl walk down a narrow staircase, reminiscent of a fire, you can admire the roofs of Paris Montparnasse.A piece of the Luxembourg Gardens. There is also a walk. And yes, there is green grass in January and the leaves on the trees.Huge Montparnasse railway station.In the souvenir shops often sell the photo - a locomotive derailed, crashed through the wall of the station and fell onto the street. This action occurred on the old train station Montparnasse. From it now left with this commemorative photograph.There, on 56 floors to offer a different view of historical videos.And look at the historical development of Paris: 1572, 1621, 1821.A further 56 floors you can eat for quite a standard fee, but overlooking the entire city.
by Zhebiton on May 24, 2010
There was an action - stays two nights will be the third free. For this reason, we went to this hotel. The hotel is luxurious. Doorman, stained glass in the windows in the corridors, carved furniture, orchids everywhere. We had double room faced on the street Rue de Castiglione, which connects the Place Vendôme and the Tuileries Gardens. The street is very lively, but sound insulation on top. Rooms 1 or 2 beds, a table, two chairs, two bedside tables, dresser with TV, two closets, safe, mini-bar. Breakfast in the restaurant is quite decent. No big deal, but everything is very fresh and natural, including juices. Many fruits, pastries, cheeses. breakfast costs 27 euros.At the reception desk speak French, English, German and Italian.Situated perfectly. To the Tuileries gardens 2 minutes to metro Concord - no more than five. To the Louvre - 20 minutes slowly.
The staff were incredibly friendly and were really helpful. The hotel is really close to Luxembourg RER, St Germain Blvd. But such narrow corridors and tiny room. In our room bathroom and toilet were separate (in different parts of the room) is not comfortable.
by Zhebiton on July 28, 2010
First, recommend to descend into the archaeological crypt, located directly in front of the Cathedral - crypt museum with the finds and the remnants of the Roman era and the later period. When he had finished this initial part of dating with its famous cathedral, we were in the queue, and after 5 minutes being inside. Dark as something sinister, stuffy atmosphere - dark medieval times was recreated perfectly. Frankly - apart from visiting the Treasury (entrance on the right, in a niche above it an inscription in French), in Notre-Dame I was not too impressed, in contrast to the outer parts of the facade, and especially the beautiful form of the cathedral on the right side of it. It is possible that he did not cause the expected emotions, primarily due to the crowds, which in the truest sense of the word, carrying us in a circle - we just did not really look around.
We crossed the Seine by the bridge Pont de l'Archeveche (originated from the southern facade of Notre-Dame), walked along the stalls at the booksellers Montebello (where you can make interesting purchases) Incidentally, the same place on the corner, there is a small souvenir shop where you can buy different cute little things. Then we followed in the direction of the Pantheon, past the church of Saint-Nicolas du Chardonnay, which does not go into the steel, and Saint-Etienne du Mont, one of the most beautiful churches in Paris, you could not miss. The Church is next to the Pantheon and is located immediately behind him on the left. Starting from the exterior design, which oddly mixed several styles and finishing only one among the Parisian churches of interior (pulpit - hinged openwork balcony with spiral stairs to the side) - this church leaves a feeling of lightness, joy and light. Then, of course, we went to the Pantheon - the temple built in honor of the patron saint of Paris St. Zhenvevy, later turned into a vast tomb of famous Frenchmen.Read our path lay in the direction of the Luxembourg Gardens, to which the square in front of the Pantheon is Soufflot street (Rue Soufflot, named after the architect who designed this magnificent structure). At the intersection with Rue Saint-Jacques, when we look to the right, you can see the steeples of the Sorbonne, and passing slightly forward, to the square of Rostand, and reveled in its center located at the fountain, you will approach almost close to the Luxembourg Gardens. They have to visit every tourist - a stunning park, lush, a perfect place to relax, have long coveted the Parisians had never empty, especially in the warm time of year. They crowded around full of young people can walk in the park, play tennis or feed the ducks, but also conveniently located on one of the spaced around the central fountain in front of the Luxembourg Palace numerous chairs. Summary - In this park you can easily spend half a day and come here with a better lead time of several hours to allow sufficient time to walk and enjoy the atmosphere of general relaxation. Complete walk through the Latin Quarter we decided to visit two churches. First, St-Julien-le-Pauvre, with a Romanesque façade, has a rich history, it at one time preached Thomas Aquinas and Peter Abelard, her threshold stepped Rabelais and Dante. Named in honor of the church of a bishop, the multitude all his money, which earned the nickname of Julian the Poor and later canonized a saint. Second, Saint Severen built earlier than the famous Notre-Dame, in the XI century in the style of the Flamboyant Gothic style, got its name in honor of a hermit of the North, later declared a saint - say, because his grandson French King Clovis I took monastic vows.
by Zhebiton on July 29, 2010
We found ourselves near the basilica opened our eyes the spectacle made to stand still in place - above us towered the snow-white beauty of Sacré-Coeur, and below, from the foot of the hill, stretched Paris ... You should have stood spellbound in this beauty, but the crowds, crowding, so we retreated and sat on the grass, right from the descent from the area in front of the basilica stairs. There, incidentally, is already freely are many tourists, so while admiring the beautiful panorama of Paris and enjoy reinforcing purchased in Montmartre, pastries, we spent about 15 minutes ... I felt an incredible energy of this place - to the left of us on the stairs singing street musicians, and is situated around directly on the steps of the tourists covered by the spirit of international unity, choir singing familiar songs. It was noisy, fun, the sun shone brightly, occasionally humming a lovely tourist train, operating on Montmartre! With great difficulty to get into the basilica - crush was unbelievable. Inside the Sacre-Coeur is forbidden to photograph, but, frankly, outside of it amazes a lot more - interior of the basilica, mosaics, stained glass and gold tone after the tested outside of emotions and seen the bright colors seemed to me unnatural and expressionless, so long inside, we did not linger. From the Sacre Coeur, down a long tiered staircase - if you can walk on her foot and even up to the basilica from the bottom. We have chosen a more gentle option for tired legs and ride the cable car (by the way, it is possible here and climb), which from the Sacre Coeur to go down the stairs and walk a few meters to the right. And, after, still come to the last (or first?) The stairs - from this angle, both in principle and any tier ladder, obtained the most beautiful photos of the basilica.
Inside we were a bit confused - a huge hall, where to go - it is not clear ... They took the card, but saturated impressions and information, or the Louvre "trails" were confusing, but to orient in the repository of masterpieces was to put it mildly, difficult to ... First of all, try to determine - where to go and what to watch first. We had a limited supply of time, which in itself unreasonable, when you go to the Louvre, because time to see the many exhibits, ideally, should be calculated from hours to days. After all, just to see little need to "digest" seen, or even after 1005-the first exhibit in front of your eyes will be flickering kaleidoscope of paintings, sculptures, household items, etc. Lacking originality of approach, we did as most tourists who visit the Louvre or in a hurry, or to "tick", and went in search of the most famous works - Venus, the Nike of Samothrace, and, of course, Giaconda. I am sure that every visitor to the Louvre, not even a true connoisseur of art will be able to find for himself something of interest among the many exhibits There was a crowd. In the end, not without help from thence servants (willing to answer questions, helping with the search), the unknown objects were found, but, pressed by a crowd of nervous tourists really not consider them or take pictures and failed. The impression left after seeing the same smudged, like images of the two goddesses in the photographs. As for the Mona Lisa, all you can write something like this: a large hall, where hard to squeeze, standing before the crowd, head to consider something which prevented rectangular, hanging on the wall opposite. Within 10 minutes trying unsuccessfully to get closer. In the end, make their way very close to the rope fence, and at a distance of 1-2 meters, standing before the famous portrait under glass. Convulsively you pull hands up to take pictures of "Madame" over their heads standing in front of (it turns out badly - prevent glare from the flares are not glass), pushes the crowd back, you're being pushed back to the right, finally doing a couple more frames, was relieved to emerge from the crowd and with otdavlennymi feet rumpled clothes and tattered nerves, happily leave the room ... do you think it possible after all endured, solve "the riddle of the Mona Lisa? To be honest - we did not even try! Then we went to the Place de la Concorde through the Tuileries Gardens. Arc du Carrousel, the former entering the main courtyard of an already (burned during the fighting of the Paris Communards in Versailles in 1871 ) Tuileries Palace - more elegant and youthful copy arch of Septimius Severus in Rome, but the same heavy. Luxury Jardin des Tuileries, of course, is beautifully decorated and walk there, especially in good weather, as in the warm spring day, a pleasure.
The tower has 4 "legs" on which you can climb up. At that time, had opened only two of them and could rise as the elevator and peshkom.Chestno speaking, those who climbed on foot to the top, seemed to me at the moment is kind of like a slightly crazed bodybuilders (or climbing) - people who voluntarily want to overcome a number of steps, climbing up (and then the same number of steps down!) I was tired, otherwise called simply could not. Of course, if desired, can be reached only by foot to the 1 st or 2 nd level, and then go up the elevator (it will cost cheaper), but this "sport," as they say, an amateur. At the foot of the Eiffel Tower tourists usually expect two "scourge" - a dark-skinned inhabitants of the capital and turn. The first could survive without tangible consequences - it's about the Arab-African-American traffickers, scurrying back and forth with jingling bunches of "souvenirs" (mini-Eiffel Tower), which they enthusiastically trying to sell you. These are harmless, in fact, guys. Regarding the second I can say briefly - it is very long. After another 20 minutes I was envious watching the guide led a group of tourists goes to the elevator without waiting and regretting that we did not do the same - a group of visiting the tower of the provisional booking and jump the queue.But ... Paris is worth a Mass, and the Eiffel Tower - Recovery. Because the panorama opened in Paris - unforgettable, and let my first and I think the latter, the subjugation of the top of the famous beauties have passed is not as romantic as I can imagine, I do not regret it.
I think you already know that the Invalides was built by the decree are not unaware of the Sun King. As it turned out, Louis XIV initiated the construction of not only pleasing his Majesty magnificent palaces like Versailles, but also took care of the veteran - Invalides was conceived as a place of charity for disabled soldiers, who due to poverty were not able to take care of themselves. During the Napoleonic era house was crowded with about constantly - the great emperor could not live without wars, and the construction had to be most welcome. Now the most interesting - in the complex except the Invalides, are also Orthodox Invalides, the crypt with the tomb of Napoleon, and several interesting museums. Should explore all - believe me, you will not be disappointed. The dome of the cathedral towers over the building of the Invalides and you'll see him on the square - some sort of massive gilded "cap", soaring above the strict lines of the facade. The interior is in harmony with the outside of strict simplicity and classical forms of the cathedral - unobtrusive beauty, majesty and calm. Perhaps it is this situation and should be present in a place where we found the last resting place of the bravest sons of France, from Napoleon himself and ending his marshals. The atmosphere and decor of the cathedral vaguely reminded me of the Pantheon, and I think, no accident - because it also laid to rest the greatest men of this country. You're looking to wander around the cathedral, looked at the tomb of the Emperor's family, the marshals and I lingered at the window, where the glass was placed the famous gray overcoat and cocked hat of Napoleon. Who knows, maybe in fact they do not belong to the great commander, but looking at these things very much like to believe that once they wore one of the most famous people in world history. Napoleon's Tomb is striking both simplicity and grandeur, and, I think, in harmony with the image of a man under whose low-key physical shell hid a sharp mind, strong will power and a tremendous thirst for power. The tomb stands on a pedestal and placed it in the remains of Emperor immured in the entire six coffins of different materials! I confess that this type of sarcophagus standing in the ring 12 and sculptures, beat me very impressed - even without knowing exactly who it is at rest, it was possible to assert with confidence that the life of this man deserves to be called THE GREAT. We looked at the tomb as above, with a balustrade of the chapel, and below, going down to the crypt - impressions were equally strong. There are 4 museums, recommend first visiting the Museum of the Army - he combined the Museum of Artillery and the History of the Army. It was very interesting to see the old armor and weapons from different centuries, flags and banners, personal belongings of the Emperor, particularly impressed me the finest armor plates - seemingly easy, indeed, they do not weigh a kilogram! We also briefly went to the museum of modern history, which I got bored after 5 minutes spent there. Military subjects, from different perspectives reflected museum exhibits will be interesting not for everyone, so visit this museum - at your discretion. Premises museums occupy 4 floors, and if you intend to bypass them all, should be devoted to visiting the Invalides about 3 hours.
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