The Works Of Théophile Gautier (volume 20); Paris Besieged: Paris besieged.

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byThéophile Gautier

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1902. Excerpt: ... XX THE VERSAILLES OF LOUIS THE FOURTEENTH May, 1871. I ON debouching into the Place d'Armes at Versailles from one of the avenues of centenarian trees that lead to it, the palace appears in front in all its former magnificence. At once the visitor feels himself transported into another sphere; for it is all so vast, grand, solemn, majestically regular that modern life is fairly intimidated and respectfully lowers its voice. The general aspect has been preserved, and were the Great King to return to earth, he might suppose, at the first glance, that nothing has been altered in his Olympic abode. But a closer examination would speedily undeceive him. For the sake of the numerous guests whom Versailles shelters nowadays, and who do not succeed in crowding its broad avenues, it might prove interesting to restore the palace as it originally was, and to reproduce the facade as it was seen by the courtiers coming from Paris towards the year 1710. Architects often carry out, for the sake of practice, such restorations of buildings in a greater or less state of ruin, and occasionally of monuments that have wholly disappeared. But in this case there is no need of any such effort of the imagination; the building exists, and the story of the changes it has undergone is known; these changes, besides, have not materially altered its appearance. It appears to be an irresistible tendency among generations that settle down in a building characteristic of a given epoch, to remodel it in accordance with their own taste and to leave upon it their own often regrettable mark. Let us begin with the iron railing that separates the Place dArmes from the palace court; it has remained such as it was formerly, with its two stone groups flanking the gates, and representing the " Triumph of France over the Empir...

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1902. Excerpt: ... XX THE VERSAILLES OF LOUIS THE FOURTEENTH May, 1871. I ON debouching into the Place d'Armes at Versailles from one of the avenues of centenarian trees tha...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:72 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:January 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217375812

ISBN - 13:9780217375818

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