Parisian Locations and The Art(istes) in Them
Here is a look into 'The City of Lights', Some of its Architecturally significant Locations and the Art that I saw in them from A Tourist's View.As a modern day African-American Tourist, I will be Highlighting A few places that were significant to African-Americans Expatriates...
...Notre Dame De Paris Cathedral was started in 1163 and completed in 1345, and it can be sighted across from the River Sienne (Bridge of Locks) and Louvre. It is a masterpiece to behold with Cherima gargoyle statues that flow with waters from their mouths, Rose petal stained windows that are strategically located around the building with paintings of 'MARY &CHILD'and 10 large Bells at the Bottom floor meant to be rung for services or festivals. Interestingly, the cathedral resembled a monastery and has an ancient Gothic feel to it; although there are past cardinals buried along with carvings of 'The life and story of Jesus' at the first floor.
The pyramids consist of A large glass and metal structure- The Louvre museum, with 3 smaller ones surrounding it which are located at the main court of Napoleon. It was completed in 1989, consisting of 603 rhombus-shaped and 70 triangular glass segments. While in the premises, I was easy to spot French national security guards armed with AK 47s walking around due to the terror attack experience a month prior to our arrival.
Along the walk from the courtyard of the Louvre to the 'Grande arch de la defense'
It is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle, at the western end of the Champs-Élysées in honor of those who fought and died for France in the French revolution and the Napoleanic wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Also as seen at the top, is its golden soldiers with their charriots symbolizing the heroic image of the soldiers who fought. Beneath its vault lies the 'Tomb of the unknown soldier' from World War I.
Buildings like This are rare in The city, being that most architecture around is ancient and holds a piece of history. Its construction began fairly recently in 1969 with 59 floor comprising of offices and a restaurant/cafe. The tower is fairly simple and monolithic in appearance in comparison to most of Paris' buildings.
Built in 1622, The Moulin de la Galette is an old windmill close to businesses situated near the top of the district of Montmartrein Paris. Since the 17th century the windmill has been known for more than just its milling capabilities, especially since it no longer function. It stands as a symbol of diverse Parisians seeking entertainment, a glass of wine and bread made from flour ground by the windmill. Hence the reason why it sits on the hill overlooking Montmartra- once the district of the misfits in the society. Van Gogh-the artist was one of the people who made it famous.
Doing as the French do.....at The Eiffel Tower.This beautiful edifice is an iron lattice tower located on the 'Champs de Mars', completed in 1889. It is the tallest structure in the city- an 81 story building equivalent, with 3levels and the top part is only accessible by Elevator.....( wait for it)
As you can see there, it is a stroll away from the Sienne River and ferries convey at the bank for a 12-15Euro Ride for visitors.
From going up to tHE TOP to being hustled into buying little Eiffel Tower keychains,and a light-up tower table piece by immigrant African and middle-Eastern sellers at the Bottom. Clearly, everyone has a purpose for being there at that Moment, one thing stood out- We ALL got a piece of Paris at The Tower that is most Loved by the world.
...Paintings on expressions of Blacks and Afro-culture that are embedded in the minds of the French. So evidently there is a part of Paris that carries significance to African-Americans who made their mark in the 20's,40's, 50's such as the likes of Josephine Baker, Chester Himes,James Baldwin, Gertrude Stein, Claude McKay, WEB DuBois and Richard Wright.
The Next Section will be a brief look into The places where they lived, socialized and influences they had with the small circles they maintained.
It is located at 'Place Du General Catroux' across the street from....
...The famous writer and character of the Three Muskateers. He was a General as well a man of AFRICAN heritage which he did not identify with.
Present day PARIS serves up a Dish of African culture.
A trip further Down to the other side, and I found a glimpse of America in 'Little Africa' as known as Chateau Rouge. A predominantly West African neighborhood in which businesses- shops, clothing stores, restaurants, hair salons and a big flee market are own by Africans.
This very Church has been a refuge for different people with various cultures, beliefs that were displaced during times of trouble and serves as the landmark between the two African neighborhoods that have been designated to live in that part of The city.
The End. AuRevoir