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Statue of Charlemagne

On the square before the Notre Dame de Paris cathedral stands the statue of Charlemagne with his squires Roland and Olivier. All depictions of clothing, horse harnessing, and arms of the era are rendered with historical accuracy and a great degree of detail.

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Statue of Charlemagne, Paris
Pont Neuf

To replace an old bridge that used to connect ГЋle de la CitГ© with the right bank of Seine and under which the last knights Templar had been executed, a new bridge was built - today the oldest bridge in Paris. Pont Neuf had no houses or stores on it, which was rare at the time. A copy of a king Henri IV statue can be seen nearby.

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Jardin des Tuileries

An old tile quarter near Le Louvre had been replaced by a garden by the decree of Catherine de' Medici. After her husband Henry II's death at a tourney, she decided to build a palace here, which had a very sad history. Neither the queen herself nor her children were able to live here. The family of the doomed Kind Louis XVI spent their last days here. The Convention of the First Republic sat in session in the Tuileries palace; the majority of members present ended up under the guillotine. In 1871 the palace was burned down by the Communards and later replaced by the Classic garden, Jardin des Tuileries, akin to the gardens of Versailles.

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Jardin des Tuileries
Place Des Vosges

Considered to be the most beautiful square in Paris, Place des Vosges had been called Place Royale until the times of the First Republic. It was the first of its kind urban ensemble consisting of 24 identical buildings, the construction of which was initiated during the reign of Henry IV to replace the demolished Tournelles castle. The ensemble was ready in 1612. Place des Vosges withstood revolutions, reconstructions, wars barely touched, and only the name was changed to commemorate the revolutionaries. The statue of Louis XVIII, that the Communards melted to make cannons, was replaced by a copy. Famous residents include Victor Hugo and Dumas's cunning character Miledy de Winter.

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Place VendГґme

The rectangular Place VendГґme was named after an illegitimate child of Henry IV, opened in the 17th century. Napoleon I installed the VendГґme Column in its center, that resembled the ancient Roman Trajan's Column. The VendГґme Column was made from 1250 cannons that were captured from the enemy, including after the victory of Austerlitz, and melted. In fact, the column was erected to celebrate the Austerlitz victory.

The VendГґme Column was torn down during the Paris Commune, but subsequently restored; the statue of Napoleon I and reliefs of his war victories were added to the surface. In the building в„–12 on the square the composer FrГ©dГ©ric Chopin passed away. The hotel Ritz was a place of residence of Coco Chanel, who modelled her perfume lids to resemble the outline of the square.

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Vendome Pillar, Paris
Place de la Concorde

This is the first square with a completely open design, that was first called Place Louis XV, then renamed Place de la RГ©volution. In 1793 the centrepiece of the square was the guillotine, under which over a thousand people were executed, including King Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, Danton, Robespierre. In 1830 the square was renamed into Place de la Concorde, decorated with sculptures of eight main cities of France and Roman fountains. An ancient Egyptian obelisk from the Luxor temple was placed in the centre of the square.

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Arc de Triomphe

According to Napoleon I's plan, the largest (up until 1982) arc in the world was supposed to symbolize the invincibility of the imperial army. Arc de Triomphe was built in 1836, so Napoleon I did not get a chance to see his project in all its glory. The walls of the arc are decorated with reliefs depicting war victories, places of battles and names of generals. After the World War I, an eternal flame has been lit under the arc.

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Arc de Triomphe
The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel tower is one of the most easily recognizable architectural structures in the world. The symbol of Paris was erected on the Champs de Mars in 1889 by the company run by Gustave Eiffel. The unbelievably light metal structure offers striking views of Paris while being an amazing technical achievement of its own. It has been attracting millions of visitors every year - in fact, the Eiffel tower is the most-visited monument in the world! It is 324 meters tall, the highest tower in Paris.

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Eiffel Tower, Paris
Pont Alexandre III

Pont Alexandre III is a beautiful bridge that was given to Paris as a gift from the Russian emperor Nicholas II to commemorate his father, the founder of the Entente. Lights on the bridge are made to resemble bridge lamps in Saint Petersburg.

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Close-up of Pont Alexandre III
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