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Place Vendome

Place Vendome

The column you will find today in the center of the square was erected by Napoleon as the Colonne d'Austerlitz. The 44 meter tall column (144 ft) is modeled after Rome's Trajan Column. It was built to commemorate the victory at Austerlitz in 1805, one of Napoleon's greatest. The column's continuous ribbon of bas-relief bronze plates by the sculptor Pierre-Nolasque Bergeret were made from 1200 cannons taken from the combined armies of Russia and Austria during that battle. The reliefs depict scenes during the Napoleonic Wars between 1805 and 1807.
The column was first known as the Colonne d'Austerlitz and it later was given the names of Colonne de la Victoire (Victory Column) and Colonne de la Grande Armée (Column of the Great Army). Today it is commonly known as the Colonne Vendôme.
A statue of Napoleon was installed at the top of the column in 1810. Later, the statue of the emperor was removed and the bronze melted down to provide the bronze for the recast of the equestrian statue of Henri IV on the Pont Neuf. A new statue was installed in 1833 which was later replaced by the statue that is seen today. It was erected by Napoleon III and depicts Napoleon I as a Roman emperor.

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Graeme27-Sep-2012 22:36
Facinating facts and capture of this very detailed column, Jose.BV
Kevin Warren27-Sep-2012 11:19
Love this compostion, very effective image, fine work!
teachpeace26-Sep-2012 19:15
A marvel!
Fabienne26-Sep-2012 19:00
Excellent cadrage qui renforce la perspective.
Milan Vogrin25-Sep-2012 12:31
Well done!
janescottcumming25-Sep-2012 00:16
Great point of view for this incredible column. Well done! V
Helen Betts24-Sep-2012 19:03
Love the POV! Great detail as well. Excellent work, José! V.
bill friedlander24-Sep-2012 17:03
Fantastic art work covering every square inch of the column. Excellent angle for this presentation. V
Walter O. Koenig24-Sep-2012 15:33
Great perspective and an interesting history. "V"
CM Kwan24-Sep-2012 13:09
Excellent perspective, Jose! V
Steve Morris24-Sep-2012 12:54
Superb POV and great info!!BV
Lennart Waara24-Sep-2012 12:41
Excellent perspective, impressive too! A great composition!
Jim Coffman24-Sep-2012 12:26
A very nice perspective and a fine capture..
burtmann24-Sep-2012 11:27
Superb composition and perspective of this beautiful column. V
MarcViskens24-Sep-2012 08:45
beautiful composition José
Mildred Alpern24-Sep-2012 08:31
Imposing tribute to wars and the human madness of conquest ( you are not responsible). Excellent image soaring into the blue.
Colin Dixon24-Sep-2012 07:16
Great POV and love the details. V
Tom LeRoy24-Sep-2012 07:06
Excellent view of this famous column. V
Santi Bravo Figueras24-Sep-2012 05:57
Woala, impressionant punt de vista.
John Reynolds24-Sep-2012 05:26
Great view of the column. V.
Frank Tran24-Sep-2012 04:58
Outstanding capture! Well done. V+
Gérard Koehl24-Sep-2012 04:39
Superbe avec cette perspective. V
Bryan Murahashi24-Sep-2012 04:34
A very impressive Column reaching the skies. V
Jean-Sebastien24-Sep-2012 04:18
Very well done. Impressive.
Martin Lamoon24-Sep-2012 03:34
Well spotted, an amazing column and detail in your photograph. V
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