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Architecture of France

25 November 2009

1691 – Institut de France, Paris

Architect: Louis Le Vau Originally built as a college for students from conquered states, the building included a public library and a chapel. The building with its baroque decor and strong symmetrical design...

25 November 2009

1709 – Hôtel de Soubise, Paris

Architect: Pierre Alexis Delamair Now used as the National Archives, this was originally built as a home for Francois de Rohan, Prince of Soubise. The house has a massive forecourt surrounded by a...

25 November 2009

1728 – Assemblée Nationale, Paris

Architects: Lorenzo Giardine The Assemblée Nationale is a building with a varied history of ownership, redevelopment and differant purposes. In 1792, it was confiscated and redeveloped as a Parliament building. The twelve column...

30 June 2010

1731 – Hôtel Biron (Musée Rodin), Paris

Architect: Jacques Gabriel & Jean Aubert The Hôtel Biron is an hôtel particulier, built by Jacques Gabriel and his associate designer Jean Aubert, in 1728-31. Since 1919 it has housed the Musée Auguste...

25 November 2009

1764 – Pantheon, Paris

Architect: Jacques Germain Soufflot The plans for this massive church were drawn up in 1757, and work started in 1764, but the building was not finished until 1800. The exterior of the cupola...

25 November 2009

1780 – Théâtre de l’Odeon, Paris

Architect: P.L. Moreau, M.J. Peyre & C. deWailly Designed by Pierre Louis Moreau, who was the city architect, the Théâtre de l’Odeon was begun in 1774 as a replacement for “Comédie Française”. Constructed...

25 November 2009

1826 – Exchange House, Paris

Architect: A.T. Brongniart & E. de Labarre Napoleon wanted the stock exchange to be housed to reflect “the grandeur of the capital” so a new building was started inn 1808. The site was...

25 November 2009

1836 – Arc de Triomphe, Paris

Architect: Jean François Thérèse Chalgrin 50 metres high and 45 metres wide, the Arc de Triomphe sits at the junction of twelve streets as a monument to the glory of the French Army....

25 November 2009

1840 – Place de la Bastille, Paris

Architect: Jean Antoine Alavoine Previously the site of the Bastille, the fortress built by Charles V between 1370-82. This was removed around 1789, and Napoleon commissioned a fountain for the site. This later...