The Place Vendome Column

Segalili

Tel-Aviv, Israel

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The Column – 44 metres high – is comprised of a stone core, encased in the bronze of 1250 cannons captured at the Battle of Austerliz (1805). It was designed and modeled in the style of Trajan’s Column in Rome. It was constructioned during 1806-1810. Originally a statue of Napoléon a Caesar was placed on top. This was replaced by a likeness of Henri IV which was removed during the 100 Day (1815) when Napoléon returned from Elba and attempted to regain power. Afterwards Louis XVIII installed an enormous fleur-de-lys, but Louis-Philippe restored Napoléon in military uniform. During the Commune in 1871, a group of Communards lead by Gustave Courbet the artist, tore down the column. Rather than pay for its re-erection, as he was ordered, Courbet died (1877) in exile in Switzerland. During 1873 – 1874, the column was reestablished at the center of Place Vendôme with a copy of the original statue on top.

The photo was taken at Place Vendome in Paris on September 18, 2009.

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