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Colonne de Vendome Monument In Paris

The column called Colonne de Vendome is located in Place Vendome, which is a square in Paris that has some of the most famous boutiques and top names in fashion surrounding it, along with probably the most famous hotel in Paris, the Ritz.

But getting back to the column itself.  It stands around 44 metres highand is comprised of a stone core, which is encased in the bronze from 1250 cannons that were captured at the Battle of Austerliz in 1805.

The Colonne de Vendome was designed to be in the same style as that of Trajan's Column that is located in Rome, and it was designed by three people at the time named Denon, Gondouin, and Lepere, yet the spiral bronze bas-relief was created by Bergeret.

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Colonne de Vendome Monument In Paris

It first started construction back in 1806 and there was originally a statue of Napoleon placed on top.  This was then replaced by a likeness of Henri IV, but was removed during the 100 Days that Napoleon returned from Elba when he was attempting to regain power back in 1815.

After this King Louis XVIII installed an enormous fleur-de-lys, but upon taking the throne King Louis-Philippe restored Napoleon in his military uniform.

Unfortunately during the Commune in 1871 there was a group of Communards, who were led by the artist Gustave Courbet and they decided to tear down the column.

Gustave Corbet was ordered to pay to have the monument erected again, but he didn't and eventually died in Switzerland in exile in 1877, but the monumental Colonne de Vendome was still re-established at the centre of Place Vendome with a copy of the original statue on top prior to his death.

There is actually a staircase with the column, but unfortunately, so as to preserve this Paris monument for as long as possible for generations to come and enjoy, they have stopped it being open to the public.

But at least you now know some of the history behind it and can still admire the column from the outside, before you drool over the fabulous items in the boutiques!

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