Walk through the French monuments
Each country has its own individual and unique cultural heritage, which includes its many monuments. In Russia, typical monuments of the Soviet era were figures of leaders and famous personalities, later interesting sculptural images appeared that help to imagine the characteristics of this or that region, for example, the Merchant with a cat in Rostov-on-Don or the Saratov accordion. France is characterized by unique monuments that remind the world of the rich heritage of Rome. In addition, each French city is proud of its own, only there, the existing original building.In order to learn more about the architectural and historical features of France, we will go for a walk through French monuments, and we hope that it will be not only informative, but simply pleasant.
Few people know that in Paris’s Place de la Concorde, in the very center of the city, an obelisk towers, brought from Egypt and once in deep antiquity paired with the second same obelisk guarding the entrance to the temple of Ramses II. The monument was presented to France by the Egyptian king Mohamed Ali in the 1830s.
Monument to Russian soldiers
The Russian cemetery of Saint-Genevieve de Bois on the outskirts of Paris can rightly be proud of the original Gallipoli obelisk, erected in 1921 in honor of Russian soldiers who died far from their native country. The notorious battle of the Russian White Army in Turkish Galliopolis laid the foundation for the creation of an obelisk and a whole memorial complex next to it.
The majestic monument erected by Napoleon I and dedicated to his victories, committed in 1805. The shape and style of the column is an imitation of the famous Roman Trojan Column, so the crowning obelisk of Napoleon’s figure by sculptor Auguste Dumont is depicted in the clothes of the Roman emperor.
Octavian Augustus trophy
The correct name of this monument, located in the city of La Turbie in the Maritime Alps, is the Alpine Trophy. A huge monument erected by decree of the Roman Senate in honor of the success of Emperor Augustus in the struggle against the Celts, retas and lyurs. Driving along the highway, from afar, you can admire the magnificent structure, once reporting on the power of Rome.
Pride of the Catalans
On the northern border of the spread of the Catalan language in the Eastern Pyrenees, an extraordinary monument-gate in the shape of a sickle is installed (the anthem of Catalonia – “Reapers”). The whole monument is endowed with symbolism in every detail: the stainless steel from which it was built means the solid character of the Catalans, and the four slots in the gate are the eight main winds blowing in the Catalan lands.
A surprisingly touching legend explains the architectural concept of the Citizens of Kale monument, consisting of several mournful figures and dedicated to the Hundred Years War, in order to save his native city, its inhabitants, including the most noble, came to the English king in their underwear, tied a rope around their neck. The expecting child of the Queen of England persuaded her spouse not to destroy the ancient city.
The equestrian bronze monument to the Sun King, sustained in classical traditions, was erected in Lyon on the Place Bellecour and has been around for about two centuries. According to the rules of that time, the sculptor placed at the foot of the monument allegorical figures denoting two mighty rivers – the Rhone and the Seine.
The unique Breton monument called “The Great Fractured Menhir” really represents a stone obelisk erected seven thousand years ago by the most ancient tribes.
In Lille, in one of the central squares, a monument was erected, called pompously and at the same time simply – the Goddess. The image of the ancient goddess is devoted to the events of the Franco-Austrian war of 1792 and, according to legend, the prototype of the statue served as the wife of the mayor of the city.
The fact that the city of Nice became a territory of France in 1860 reminds of a monument next to the central square in the garden of Prince Albert. Nice was donated to France by the King of Sardinia for helping to fight for the independence of Italy.
Founders of the European Union
In the Western French city of Metz, the original monument to the Founding Fathers of the European Union, Adenaueru, Schumann, Gasperi and Monnet, was erected by the project of Zurab Zeritelli. Four bronze figures in business suits stand on an improvised table with the map of Europe depicted on it.
So, walking with the French monuments, you can unwittingly learn something new about the history of the country, its traditions and inhabitants. Kofrans SARL Company organizes any thematic tour with the rental of air or sea private transport. Traveling with Kofrans is always fun with absolute safety guaranteed!