Colonnes du Trone, Paris

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  • Reaching nearly thirty meters in height, we see them from afar, they mark and adorm beautifully the beginning of the Avenue of the throne, bordered on both sides of a beautiful alley of trees. They are absolutely beautiful and are sufficient to beautify the place de la nation, formerly place du throne. I who initially thought it was dated from the 2nd Empire, that nenni, their history is much earlier and dates back to the day before the revolution. If you are careful, you will see that the base of these two columns is cross-shaped. At the top of one, we have a statue of St. Louis, and at the top of the other, a statue of Philip Augustus, two very great sovereigns who marked the history of France forever. However, these 2 statues have also taken on a completely different meaning with time, since one symbolizes justice and peace (I would say St. Louis), the other, abundance and victory for Philip Augustus. They are well anchored to the ground and nothing seems to be able to ever harm them, after already 250 years watching the parades of cars go to their feet. Small original detail, each of them belongs to a very different borough. That said, 3 boroughs meet in the Centre of place de l'Etoile and therefore share the triumphal arch.
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  • In the 11th arrondissement, place de la nation, you will discover the "two pillars of the throne" and their healies. They are the work of the architect Claude Nicolas LeDoux who created them in 1797. The statues of Saint Louis and Philippe Auguste were not sealed at their peak until 1845. Despite having already seen them, I went back to admire them as well as the sculptures on each of the faces of the columns. A great job. These works have been the subject of a classification of historical monuments in 1907. You can come by metro lines 1, 2, 6, 9 or RER A, station "nation".
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