Shots in the City : Paris Edition
Shots in the City is a collection of photos from one city, showcasing hidden corners that aren't as well travelled with interesting facts about the place I photographed. Here are my hidden corners of the City of Love and Light, Paris.
No. 1 : Sacre-Coeur
No. 2 : Eglise Saint Sulpice
Did you know? Perched at the highest point of the city above Montmartre, the Roman Catholic Basilica of the Sacred Heart is the second most visited monument in Paris. Designed by Paul Abadie, it was completed in 1914 and consecrated after the end of the First World War. Every Easter visitors and locals alike make the pilgrimage, climbing the many steps up to the basilica on their knees to show their adoration and contrition.
Did you know? The church of Saint Sulpice is situated in the Latin Quarter of Paris, dominating the east of the square of the same name. It is the 2nd largest church in the city after Notre Dame and was built in its current architecture on the site in the 1600s. It is renowned for its history of talented organists including Charles-Marie Widor, who is known for his ‘Toccata’ which is played by organists all over the world to this day.
No. 3 : Place de Vosges
Did you know? Place de Vosges, originally named Place Royale, is located in the Marais district and is designed in a perfect square. Until the Revolution, it was a regular meeting place for nobility to meet and discuss current affairs. No. 6 is now named after a famous resident, Maison Victor Hugo, and houses a museum which is dedicated to his memory.
No. 4 : Place de la Concorde
No. 5 : Notre Dame de Paris
No. 6 : Luxembourg Gardens
Did you know? Situated at the end of the Champs-Elysees, Place de la Concorde is the largest square in Paris and has had many different titles during its long history. It was meant to celebrate King Louis XV but during the French revolution was used as a place of execution for many Royal family members. The Luxor Obelisk was installed in 1836 by Louis-Phillipe and is a genuine Egyptian artifact, originally made in 1300BC
Did you know? Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Paris and the most famous example of Gothic cathedral architecture in the Middle Ages still standing today. Situated on the Isle de la Cite, and built on the ruins of two earlier churches, the building was initiated by the Bishop of Paris, Maurine de Sully in the 1100s who conceived the idea of converting the ruins into one building. It has been restored several times over its history to repair the damage of centuries of wear and tear, most recently when a fire broke out in the attic in 2019.
Did you know? Jardin de Luxembourg is 23 acres hectares of lawns, tree-lined promenades, and flowerbeds in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. It is centres around the Luxembourg Palace originally built in 1612 by Henry IV’s widow, Marie de’Medici, which is now used by the French Senate who meet there. The name Luxembourg comes from the Latin “Mons Lucotitius”, which is the name of the hill where the garden is situated.
No. 7 : Eiffel Tower
Did you know? The Eiffel Tower is a wrought-iron lattice structure designed and built by Gustave Eiffel’s engineering company between 1887 –1889. Nicknamed locally as the “Iron Lady” it was originally constructed as the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair. Since its opening more than 250 million people have visited and it is recognized globally as a cultural icon of France.