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    Posted 7 years ago

    vetraio50
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    This postcard is one of the few hand coloured postcards of Paris that were left in the Septimus and Clara Miller collection I bought some time ago here in Sydney. The Millers bought two cards that show this monument that stands at a key point in the eastern side of the city of Paris: la place de la République.

    The square lies at the intersection of three arrondissements: the 3rd , the 10th and the 11th. Seven streets flow from this point above ground and below five underground 'metro' train lines converge here as well. It is an important “nœud de correspondances”: a network hub.

    In his re-organization of the city, Baron Haussmann created a new huge rectangular square there. In doing so he pulled down a large number of historic theatre buildings notably the Théâtre-Historique or Théâtre-Lyrique founded by Alexandre Dumas in 1847. His idea was to open up the eastern traffic network in Paris.

    In 1883 a monument to the glory of the French Republic was erected in the centre of the square. It is known as Le Monument à la République, or la Statue de la République . It is actually the work of two brothers: Charles & Léopold Morice.

    Léopold Morice’s statue is an allegorical figure of ‘the Republic‘ aka ‘Marianne’.

    Marianne is made of bronze and is 9.5 metres high. She is depicted standing dressed in a toga with a sword hanging from her belted waist. She is wearing a Phrygian cap, a revolutionary symbol of freedom topped with a laurel leaf crown. In her right hand she holds high an olive branch, a symbol of peace and her left hand rests on a tablet bearing an inscription “Human Rights”.

    Powerful stuff!

    The pedestal was created by Charles Morice. It is made of marble and is surrounded by three figures: La Liberté, L'Égalité & La Fraternité. Below them on a pedestal are twelve high relief bronze plaques representing twelve important moments of the French Republic and a bronze lion symbolizing ‘Universal Suffrage’.

    Just recently in 2013 the square has been remodeled and a large pond now surrounds the monument where people can sit and reflect.

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    Comments

    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Thanks PHIL. The middle photo is the same as the one on the left but just flipped into the 'normal' position. Or have I got you wrong?
    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks AGHCOLLECT & VALENTINO too!!!
    3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks GARY!!!
    4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks KAREN!!!
    5. toracat toracat, 7 years ago
      Human Rights! Ongoing! Marianne 9.5 meters! With sword and olive branch!? But it is big, and beautiful! Only three places in this world! New World, Old World, and Third World. Old World has best Monuments, and colorful History!
    6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks DON, MIKELV & KYRATANGO aussi!!!!!
    7. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      BEAUTIFUL COLORS !!! love the history of the post cards!!
    8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks GEO, SEAN, TREY, TOM, TED & GUARDIAN!!!
    9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks again VIOLETORANGE!!!!!
    10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks KERRY10456!!!!
    11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks BATTLEGEAR!!!!
    12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks ELISABETHAN!!!!!!
    13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks JEWELS ! ! ! !
    14. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks MANIKIN!!!!!
    15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks POPS!!!!!
    16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks again MANIKIN!!!!!!
    17. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks PETEY !!!!!
    18. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks TED STRAUB too !!!!!!!
    19. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks GARGOYLE & RADEGRUNDER !!!!!
    20. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks INKY !!!!!
    21. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks NORDICMAN !!!!!
    22. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks BRUNSWICK & AWESOMEOLDTHINGS !!!!!!
    23. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks NICEFICE !!!!
    24. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks KYRATANGO !!!!!!
    25. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
      Many thanks NEWFLD !.!!!!.!

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