|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.