La Place des Victoire During and After Revolution


place des victoiresThis equestrian statue to Louis XIV was erected in 1822 to replace the one that was torn  down by the Revolution in 1792; but in the course of thirty turbulent years — from 1792 till 1822, five different sculptures replaced each other to decorate the square. The most famous of the five was to General Dessaix; and so popular was that Neo-classical nude, that a fence had to be built to protect it. After the Restoration of the French Monarchy, Louis XVIII recycled the general: The bronze celebrating the Napoleon’s right-hand man was used to cast the equestrian Henry IV — you can see him on le Pont Neuf; the fence is the only vestige of Dessaix still remaining at la Place des Victoires.

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