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Architecture of France

25 November 2009

1989 – Opéra de la Bastille, Paris

Architect: Carlos Ott The result of a gigantic international competition, this building is one of the more maligned of the Grands Projets (Mitterrand’s 15 billion franc program to provide a series of modern...

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

1889 – Eiffel Tower, Paris

Architect: Gustav Eiffel For many the defining symbol of Paris, the Eiffel tower was built as a temporary structure for an international exhibition in 1889. Other building built on the Champs de Mars...

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

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

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

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...

24 November 2009

1350c – St Gatien Cathedral, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France

The magnificent St Gatien Cathedral was built between the 12th and 16th centuries in a medieval and later renaissance gothic. On the site of Roman Caesarodunum, St. Lidoire built the first church. Frankish...

24 November 2009

Cloister de La Psalette, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France

Sited beside the Cathedral, the Psalette cloister consists of three galleries. A fine open staircase links the lower cloister with the upper scriptorium and library. Balzac portrayed one of his characters in La...