Architecture in Paris

The Great Works of Baron Haussmann | 19th Century Urban Planning

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Baron Haussmann was named Prefect by Napoleon III, and he invented a modern Paris made up of wide boulevards, star-shaped squares, and huge green areas. Paris took on the appearance it retains to this day. The prestigious Opéra Garnier was built during this period and buildings in the “Haussman style” became the reference model. In […]...

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October 17, 2013 | 9:25 am |

The Wall of Philip II (Philippe Auguste), Urban Planning | Paris in the Middle Ages

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The Wall of Philip II Augustus (Philippe Auguste) In the 3rd century, a first wall already protected Ile de la Cité from Germanic invasions. A second wall was built in the 9th century on the right bank. Philip II Augustus, at the end of the 12th century, settled in Paris and protected the city from […]...

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May 6, 2013 | 8:53 am |

Monuments and Private Townhouses | Paris during the Renaissance (16th Century)

Monuments and Private Townhouses | Paris during the Renaissance (16th Century)

Monuments The precepts of the Italian Renaissance which favoured a return to the architecture of Antiquity did not have a great influence : it was more about borrowing various new elements to adorn constructions which remained gothic. Churches such as Saint-Etienne-du-Mont, Saint- Eustache and Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais with its magnificent stained glass windows bear witness to this. […]...

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May 2, 2013 | 2:01 pm |

Monuments, Townhouses and Urban Planning | The Days of the Sun King (17th century)

Monuments, Townhouses and Urban Planning | The Days of the Sun King (17th century)

Monuments The Tuileries palace was completed in 1624. In 1615, Marie de Médicis had the Luxembourg palace built at 15 rue de Vaugirard (6th district). It was inspired by the Pitti palace in Florence and would remain a royal palace until the 1789 revolution. With its surrounding graden, a beautiful oasis of colour on the […]...

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April 26, 2013 | 5:49 am |

Monuments and Urban Planning | The Age of Enlightenment (18th Century)

Monuments and Urban Planning | The Age of Enlightenment (18th Century)

Monuments A taste for nature transformed architecture. In 1739 the Count de Buffon, a talented naturalist, was named Steward of the Royal Plant Garden. From 1773 onwards, the Duke of Chartres supervised the landscaping of parc Monceau, a dream park, its landscape filled with architectural folies, and then in 1777 the Count of Artois created […]...

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