Many Parisian buildings attract attention by their architecture. Sometimes details are unnoticed such as here with that pretty female statuette adorning the entrance of a building in the 16th arrondissement. The draped, the approach and posture remind the statues representing the Republic as we can see on the Place de la Nation or Place de la République. A nice discovery Avenue d'Eylau!
In the center of the Place des Vosges stands an equestrian statue of King Louis XIII. A statue almost hidden for this King often overlooked. As a Roman emperor, he is dressed in a cloak and wears a laurel wreath. A marble statue which lacks some lightness, an impression reinforced by the presence of the trunk under the horse's belly to support the weight of the statue. High in 1829, it is the work of Dupaty and Cortot, and it replaces a statue of the King erected in 1639 and destroyed during the Revolution.
This sculpture by Jean-Francois Soitoux is the first official representation of the French Republic. Commissioned in 1848 by the government of the Second Republic, this statue was first placed in front of the Institut in 1880, then restored and placed there Quai Malaquais in 1992.
Place Henri Mondor, leaving the Odéon metro, stands the statue of Danton, a famous figure of the French Revolution. Sculpted by Auguste Paris, this bronze statue was inaugurated in 1891 by the City of Paris at the exact place of Danton's appartment during the Revolution. Surrounded by young people, probably young revolutionaries, he seems to point the way to follow.
A very small public garden is hidden behind the Institut de France, Rue de Seine. It is the green public garden Honoré-Champion, in the middle of which is a stone statue of Voltaire realized by the sculptor Léon-Ernest Drivier and inaugurated in1962. Writer and philosopher of XVIII° century, Voltaire holds in the hands a book, the Philosophic Dictionary of the Age of the Enlightenment.
A mysterious statue keep an eye on the Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés known for its church and its cafés. This statue represents a player of lyre perched on the roof of the building of the Company of Encouragement for the National Industry.
The main entrance of the Assemblée Nationale is situated square of the Palais Bourbon. In its center, a statue representing the Law, scultpered by Feuchère and set up in 1855. It holds in the right hand a scepter with the hand of the justice, and in the left hand the tables of the Law.
Place du Général Catroux in the 17th arrondissement, a statue pays tribute to this famous writer, author of the Three Musketeers, the Viscount of Bragelonne or the Count of Monte Cristo. Realized by Gustave Doré, this statue represents Alexandre Dumas on a base, sat in an armchair a feather in the hand, whereas 3 characters are represented reading a book, an allegory of the reading.
During the construction of the Grand Louvre, a statue of Louis XIV has been placed in the Cour Napoléon. A recent statue dating from 1988 which is the copy of an older statue of the king in Versailles, a work of Le Bernin, sculptor and italian architect of the 17th century.