Michel Ney Monument, Paris

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  • Coming out of the RER B station "Port Royal", you turn right and cross the crossroads of the Observatory, and it awaits you there, almost at the door of the restaurant "La Closerie des Lilas": the statue of Marshal Ney. This statue was commissioned by the provisional Government, wishing to erect a monument in honor of the "brave of the brave" on the very place where he was shot after his death sentence by Louis XVIII for his support of Napoleon Bonaparte. Its creation was the subject of a decree signed on March 18, 1848, but the resources lacked to carry out its execution. A new decree was signed on 22 March 1852, and the work was entrusted to the architect Alphonse de Gisors (who owes the Orangerie du Jardin du Luxembourg) and to the sculptor François rude. Inaugurated on 7 December 1853, modelled by rude and melted by Eck and Durand, the bronze monument, which originally had to represent Marshal Ney showing his chest and opening his heart to death, consists of a pedestal of white marble resting on a base of red granite, supporting the statue of the Marshal, sword lifted and commanding the charge to his troops. On the different sides of the pedestal are traced elements of the life, career and weapon facts of this great man.
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  • Statue erected at the corner of avenue of the Observatory in front of the RER PORT ROYAL, very easy to find. Bench and shady available space.
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  • Love Hemingway's description and back story on Mike in A Moveable Feast
  • Beautiful monument of Michel Ney (1769 - 1815), french soldier and military commander during the French Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic Wars.
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