"Egypto mania in Paris" Place de la Concorde Tip by kokoryko
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Are you a fan of Egyptian history ? Art? Religion? Of stories of Pharaohs? Sphinxes? Obelisks? Etc. etc. ? ? Or just curious about Egypt and how it can be seen in Paris? The Louvre Museum has a very rich collection of ?Egyptian antiquities?, but in Paris, in several places and districts you may find either original Egyptian statues or just inspired by some Egyptomania, as Egypt was ?fashion? after the Napoleonian military campaigns in that country, the discovery of the key to translate hieroglyphs by Champollion (the famous Pierre de Rosette engraved stone), and still in modern art or decoration, lots of things remind Egypt in Paris! I will not take you to the Egyptian collections of the Louvre, but for a walk not far from the museum, and then see other places where Egypt is present in Paris.
The famous Obelisk of Place de la Concorde is of course one of the most visible Egyptian monuments of Paris, and you cannot miss it, even at night (main Picture), here with the Great Wheel which is installed every Winter in Paris; decipher the hieroglyphs! This Obelisk of Luxor has been offered by Egypt to Napoleon III in 1836, for recognition of the work of Champollion; the hieroglyphs tell the glory of Ramses II.
In the main yard of the Louvre is the famous Pei glass and steel pyramid, which arose so much controversy when it was installed in 1988; very Egyptian symbol, isn?t it? And it is located on the famous ?Historical axis? of Paris, from the Arc de Triomphe to the Louvre (picture 2).
Let us walk a bit East, to the beautiful ?Cour Carrée du Louvre?, with its tens of statues and low reliefs decorating the buildings encircling the square (OK, OK, ?encircling? and square. . . ); on the western side of the square, go right, facing West, and in the penultimate niche you will discover Cleopatra! Oh, it is said that the nose of Cleopatra changed the world! The artist tried something, for sure, to render the beauty of Cleopatra?s nose, but I am afraid he did not succeed, and this Cleopatra would have changed the world, but not the way History has happened: Marc-Antoine would have ran away, or at least lived the rest of his life with nightmares. . . (Picture 3)
We could take the metro, but a short walk along the banks of the Seine will also take us easily to the ?Fountain of the Palm tree? or Palm fountain. There, four sphinxes spit water (desert animals providing water!) at the foot of a bronze column which is surrounded by four statues holding their hands with a gold plated angel holding two laurel crowns at the top (picture 4).
Some street performers, near Notre Dame, or at Sacré Choeur (picture 5) also are ispired by Egypt, Pharaohs. . . . This guy here stands still like a golden statue for a few hours (?) every day, a bit out of context, but has success (and money) with the tourists.
Let us now go for more hidden Egypt. . . (Next tip).
Picture 1: Obelisk, Place de La Concorde, Western end of Jardin des Tuileries, in alignment with the Champs Elysees Avenue. . . Metro Concorde
Picture 2 : The Pei Pyramid, night, main yard of the Louvre; metro Louvre-Rivoli, or Palais Royal.
Picture 3 : Cleopatra, in the ?Cour Carrée du Louvre?; metro Louvre-Rivoli, or Palais Royal.
Picture 4 A Sphinx at the Palm fountain, Place du Chatelet; Metro Chatelet.
Picture 5: ?Egyptian? street performer at Sacré Choeur; Metro Abesses, and Montmartre funicular.
Address: Metro 1, 13 : Concorde
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