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Old May 18th, 2008, 09:54 PM   #1
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From the Past to the Future - Following the Historical Axis of Paris





The Axe Historique, from Wikipedia :

The Axe historique (historical axis) is a line of monuments, buildings and thoroughfares that extends from the centre of Paris, France, to the west. It is also known as the "Voie Triomphale" (triumphal way).

The Axe Historique began with the creation of the Champs-Élysées, designed in the 17th century to create a vista to the west, extending the central axis of the gardens to the royal Palace of the Tuileries. Today the Tuileries Gardens (Jardins des Tuileries) remain, preserving their wide central pathway, though the palace was burned down during the Paris Commune, 1871.
Between the Tuileries' gardens and the Champs Élysées extension a jumble of buildings remained on the site of Place de la Concorde until early in the reign of Louis XV, for whom the square was at first named. Then the garden axis could open through a grand gateway into the new royal square.
To the west, the completion of the Arc de Triomphe in 1836 on the Place de l'Étoile at the western end of the Champs Élysées formed the far point of this line of perspective, which now starts at the central block of the Musée du Louvre, passing the modern-day glass Pyramide du Louvre of I.M. Pei.
The axis was extended again westwards along the Avenue de la Grande Armée, past the city boundary of Paris to La Défense. This was originally a large junction, named for a statue commemorating the defence of Paris in the Franco-Prussian War.

In the 1950s, the area around La Défense was marked out to become a new business district, and high-rise office buildings were built along the avenue. The axis found itself extended yet again, with ambitious projects for the western extremity of the modern plaza.

It was not until the 1980s, under president François Mitterrand, that a project was initiated, with a modern 20th century version of the Arc de Triomphe. This is the work of Danish architect Johann Otto von Spreckelsen, La Grande Arche de la Fraternité (also known as simply La Grande Arche and, L'Arche de la Défense), a monument to humanity and humanitarian ideals rather than militaristic victories. It was inaugurated in 1990.

The Seine-Arche project is extending the historical axis to the West through the city of Nanterre, but with a slight curve.





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1 – The Louvre
2 – The Arc du Carrousel
3 – The Tuileries gardens
4 – Place de la Concorde - Obélisque
5 – Place Clemenceau - Grand Palais
6 – The Champs-Elysées (17th century)
7 – Place de l’Etoile - Arc de Triomphe (Arc de Triomphe : 1836)
8 – Place de la Porte Maillot
9 – Avenue Charles de Gaulle - Neuilly-sur-Seine
10 – Puteaux - Courbevoie
11 – La Défense - Grande Arche





1 – The Louvre (from the 13th century to the 18th century ; The Pyramid : 1988) - Point 0




The Louvre seen from the Montparnasse TowerKoakoo / Google Earth




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Aile Richelieu - Gloumouth1 / Wikipedia




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2 – The Arc du Carrousel (1809) - 0,35 km / 0.22 mile




Dan McKay / Wikipedia



3 – The Tuileries gardens (from the 16th century to the 19th century)




Arnaud Frich / arnaudfrichphoto.com




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ludovic.ruat / Google Earth




Thésée et le Minotaure - l'anarchiste / Google Earth




TheBlues / Google Earth




4 – Place de la Concorde - Obélisque (18th century) - 1,32 km / 0.82 mile



Arnaud Frich / arnaudfrichphoto.com




Assemblée Nationale (Palais Bourbon) seen from Place de la Concorde - NunoCarsodo / flickr




5 – Place Clemenceau - Grand Palais (Grand Palais : 1897) - 1,90 km / 1.18 miles




The Grand Palais - Stefano Martelli / Google Earth




The Petit Palais - Vivien Kenji / Google Earth




The entrance to the garden of the Elysée Palace (official residence of the French president) - Felipe Vilella Sánch / Google Earth




Alexander III bridge - Arnaud Frich / arnaudfrichphoto.com




Les Invalides seen from Alexander III bridge - Tumaniyar / Wikipedia




6 – The Champs-Elysées (17th century)




andrevishay / Google Earth




J.J. Targa/ Google Earth




7 – Place de l’Etoile - Arc de Triomphe (Arc de Triomphe : 1836) - 3,45 km / 2.14 miles




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AlexMatos / Google Earth




Benh Lieu Song / Google Earth




8 – Place de la Porte Maillot - 4,48 km / 2.79 miles




Place de la Porte Maillot seen from the Hôtel Concorde Lafayette - Jcharles / Google Earth




The Palais des Congrès - Erik Wickstrom / Google Earth




Hôtel Concorde Lafayette / Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Compassion - alexandrealari / Google Earth




9 – Avenue Charles de Gaulle - Neuilly-sur-Seine




paris infopoint / Google Earth




Sisyphus - Voltarene / Google Earth




10 – Puteaux - Courbevoie




Eric Rougier / Fromparis.com




Calin Ionescu / Google Earth




11 – La Défense - Grande Arche (La Défense : since 1958 ; La Grande Arche :1989) - 8,27 km / 5.14 miles




Atoma / Google Earth




Samfu / Google Earth




Lars H / Google Earth




xhosaxhosa / Google Earth




Eric Constantineau / Google Earth




Calin Ionescu / Google Earth




Calin Ionescu / Google Earth




Arnfried Zerche / Google Earth




Anek / Google Earth




Anek / Google Earth




Eric Rougier / Fromparis.com




Delanoue / Google Earth




Fernando Lami / Google Earth




Eric Constantineau / Google Earth




im gonna groove / Google Earth




Leandro Pires / Google Earth




Eric Rougier / Fromparis.com




MichelM / Google Earth




rehali / Google Earth




yahann / Google Earth




The precision of the historical axis - ZacharyS / Wikipedia




Arnaud Frich / arnaudfrichphoto.com




Arnaud Frich / arnaudfrichphoto.com

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Old May 19th, 2008, 11:20 AM   #2
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Nice thread, my friend if you had/have pics about old Paris (1900's and oldest) about those monuments it will be GREAT!
Anyway thanks for those pics
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Old May 19th, 2008, 02:41 PM   #3
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My pictures of LA DEFENSE shot from la grande arche towards arc de triumphe







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Old May 19th, 2008, 02:52 PM   #4
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Nice Paris...the most beautiful city of the world
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Old May 20th, 2008, 05:04 AM   #5
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I love Paris!
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