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12 June 2011

Frémiet's Joan of Arc – Claims Victory in Paris, France

Joan of Arc immortalized in the Place des Pyramides in Paris, France.  
Outside the Hotel Regina in Paris, France, in the center of a little square – the Place des Pyramides – stands a striking  golden sculpture of Joan of Arc whose brilliance contrasts with the mundane stone-colored buildings that surround her.  Ready for battle, Joan of Arc astride her mighty steed, shines quite brilliantly from afar.  Luckily for me, she was just a few steps outside my hotel's front door.

Designed by Emmanuel Frémiet, this sculpture is actually an "updated" version of its predecessor originally installed here in 1874.  Because of a Philadelphia commission for a replica, Frémiet instead gave Philadelphia the original while placing a newly revised statue in the square in 1889 and it is this successor that we see today.  There is one other that stands in Portland, Oregon, the third of three magnificent and brilliant equestrian sculptures.

Au Revoir! 

8 comments:

  1. I love Joan of Arc--what a treat to wake up to this! And the Hotel Regina is aptly named.

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  2. Thanks so much Charu for stopping by and for your kind words! Hotel Regina is quite a fabulous hotel!!! We loved it there....especially our view from the 4th floor overlooking the Tuilerie Gardens and Eiffel Tower!! Breathtaking!

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  3. I love this statue. So strikingly powerful!

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  4. Thank you so much Marie-Eve for stopping by to share your thoughts. I wholeheartedly agree with you...it took my breath away!

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  5. Gold sculpture stands out from the building. Paris looks like the place I really want to visit.

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  6. Thank you Sarah for sharing your comments! And yes, Paris should be at the top of that list. :)

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  7. Leslie, I couldn't agree with you more. This striking statue was just outside the front doors of my hotel, the Hotel Regina in Paris across the street from the Louvre. From near to far, this hotel offered spectacular visions of the City of Light.

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