Tag Archives: Les Invalides

Le temps des utopies ne dure jamais longtemps

Forty years after it was first published, Yvan Christ’s book Paris Utopie is back. Christ is an architectural historian, and his book lists all the urban projects in Paris that were proposed and scrapped over the past 200 years. Had … Continue reading

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L’État, c’est moi

Louis XIV was born on September 5, 1638. I feel about him much the way I do about Napoleon – equivocally. Both men marked the history of France more than virtually anyone else, and both men waged war on a … Continue reading

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S’attribuer le mérite

French baroque architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart was born on April 16, 1646. He was the chief architect to Louis XIV for whom he expanded Versailles from a hunting lodge to a testament to the power of the Sun King.  In Paris, … Continue reading

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