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Built in honor of Louis XIV’s victories in the Franche-Comte region, and along the Rhine, the Porte Saint-Denis sits in the 10th arrondissement of Paris. The architect of the monument was Francois Blondel and the sculptor was Michel Anguier. It is the very epitome of the art of sculpture of the era with its triumphal arch, obelisks and elaborate carvings which depict different incidents which took place during the battles.
Here, one Indian restaurant comes after the next, where they sell curry, chutneys, etc. .
Located in the garden of Les Halles near the Bourse du Commerce (Stockmarket) of Paris, the Medicis column, built in 1574 by the architect Jean Bullant for Catherine de Medicis, is what remains of the Queen s hotel. This column is 31 meters (100 feet) high, with interior stairs counting 147 steps; its real function was never established. It is believed that due to the Queen s interest for astrology, it used to be an observatory for Cosimo Ruggieri, Catherine de Médicis astrologist. In 1748, as the hotel was due to be demolished in order to enable the construction of a new corn exchange, M. Bachaumont saved it from demolition and offered it to the city of Paris. The reason explaining the rescue is still mysterious. For more information contact the city's Tourist Information Center on +33 8 3668 3112.
176 meters (577 feet) long with three entrances, Galerie Vivienne is one of the most emblematic passageways of the Capital. Built in 1823 by architect Jean Delannoy, it was inaugurated in 1826. In a neo-classic style, it is made of mosaics and sculptures covered by a glass roof. It is divided in three galleries, and the main one ends at a rotunda covered by a hemispherical glass dome. Nowadays, restaurants, tea rooms, and fashion stores share this space as well as a shop of the famous designer Jean-Paul Gaultier. Many events take place here, detailed program is listed on its website.
An extension of passages Panoramas and Jouffroy, this covered walkway was constructed in 1847 and is named after, M. Verdeau. The delicate, neoclassical glass roof of the Passage Verdeau gives it an airy and charming feel. This lesser known aisle has a stretch of antique stores, rare bookshops and vintage dealers making it an interesting place to shop for souvenirs. There is also a more than century old photo shop that makes for an interesting visit.
The Fontaine Maubuée was constructed in 1733 by Jean Beausire with the assistance of his son. Using the bas-relief technique, they decorated the sculpture with a vase of roses and other plants. The fountain was eventually moved to its current location in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, which was previously occupied by a different fountain from the time of King Charles VI.