"Champ-de-Mars: Ecole Militaire" Champ de Mars Tip by hquittner
Champ de Mars, Paris: 16 reviews and 41 photos
This is one of the favorite views from the upper reaches of the Eiffel Tower (the South View). This Royal Military Academy was built by Lois XV (at the urging of Madam de Pompadour)(1772). Its architect was Gabriel (who designed the Pl. de la Concorde)., The center facade with 8 two-story Corinthian columns, pediment and quadrangular dome stand out and is all most people see of a complex as big as the Invalides. (There is no entry because it is in active use). The facade stretches 2 blocks wider at each side than the Champ. To the North it reaches the Pl. de l'Ecole Militaire (See Tip: TtDo>Walking Around). If one goes around the Ecole to its South side (the real entrance) on Av. de Loewendal, one comes to the Pl. de Fontenoy (See Tp Things to Do>Parks Gardens & Squares) which looks at the courtyard to the North and the UNESCO building to the Southwest. The parade ground here (surrounded by 19C additions and the beautiful older part at the back) was used for exercizes when the Champ was usurped for the Eiffel Tower. Napoleon I (graduated 1786 as an artillery lieutenant) is the most famous graduate.
Address: 2 Allée Adrienne Lecouvreur, 75007 Paris
Directions: Between Avenue Gustave Eiffel & Place Joffre
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