Place des Victoires

The place des Victoires is a beautiful architectural present in the honor of the king Louis XIV in the heart of Paris, to celebrate the peace of Nimègue in 1681.  A loyal courtisan, the Viscount of Aubusson, will make demolish the old private mansions which rose at this place and will make draw by the architect Jule-Hardouin Mansart in 1685 a superb area to accomodate the majestic statue of the triumphing king. Distort ionic arcades, huge pilasters, will enclose this circular place in the medium of which the 12 height meters sculpture rised proudly.  The Majesty was represented there in costume of sacring, crowned ancient bay-trees. Pleasantly surprised, the sun king will reward for 120.000 Livres this marquis of La feuillade (Viscount of Aubusson) which will die nevertheless ruined per so many sumptuous and useless expenses. This original statue will be obviously destroyed in 1792, after the Revolution.  We will have to be waited until 1828 so that Louis XVIII makes set up the current statue signed by the artist Bosio. Louis XIV, dressed a such Roman emperor, stands on a proud horse skilfully pulled up on its tail.  Nowadays, the Place of the Victoires became a famous window of the Parisian mode.  Kenzo, Cacharel, Thierry Mugler and well of others settled there.

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Eglise Notre-Dame des Victoires.

Located on the Place des Petits Pères, where were formerly the court of the convent of the Petits Pères in 1665, this Church is famous for its organ whose original Buffet was created in 1739. It was built for the Petits Pères (Augustins) in 1629 in memory of the victory of Louis XIII on the Protestants of la Rochelle. The convent itself will be destroyed the revolution to yield the place to a barracks and with the town hall of the district.

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