Paris, the city on everyone’s bucket list for many reasons, all to do with romance.
Shown through its architecture, Paris is a romantic city with its balconies draped over, it’s theatrical religious monuments and its dark gothic tones with an air of grunge. Its charm resonates through its leafy avenues, bistros and cafes.
In the 1950s there were no tall buildings in Paris to share the skyline with the Eiffel Tower, the tallest structure in the city, until the 1960s. This is when Paris opened up in terms of styles and taking influence from other parts of Europe such as that of Italy.
Politics and Paris
Architecture rules politics in Paris, if ever a ruler wanted to make his mark, grand projects were in the pipeline such as in the 1980s, during the reign of Francois Mittard, the Opera Bastille, Grande Arche de la Defense, Louvre Pyramid and the Ministry of Finance.
Diversity of Paris
However, Paris has never ceased to evolve and experiment, with aristocratic mansions, Baroque churches and Haussmannian apartments sitting happily alongside concrete avant-garde houses, industrial premises, the cast iron Eiffel Tower and the high-tech Centre Pompidou.
Modern French architecture has just as much influence today as historic architecture does. France has also been at the forefront of modern architecture, with its innovative use of technology, from The Institut du Monde Arabe by Jean Nouvel to the Louis Vitton Foundation by Frank Gehry. The future, skyscrapers in the suburbs.
The Skyline of Paris
Paris is synonymous with black iron railings and hanging baskets, gothic structures and as of most recent modernism, hugely due to Le Corbusier, the Centre Pompidou, that fit the 21st century architectural style.
Architectural Sites in Paris
- Arc de Triomphe
- Eiffel Tower
- Notre Dame
- Musee D’Orsay
- Palace of Versaille
- Centre George de Pompidou
- Louis Vitton Foundation
- Sacre Coeur
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