Evening on the Place Dauphine, Paris
The Place Dauphine is a quiet public square which, despite being located on the Île de la Cité near famous landmarks such as the Pont Neuf, Sainte Chapelle and Notre Dame, has kept a low-key character. The triangular shaped square was laid out in the early 17th century and is one of the oldest in Paris.
The Place Dauphine
The Place Dauphine is a public square located near the western end of the Île de la Cité in the first arrondissement of Paris. It was initiated by Henry IV in 1607, the second of his projects for public squares in Paris, the first being the Place Royale (now the Place des Vosges). He named it for his son, the Dauphin of France and future Louis XIII, who had been born in 1601. From the "square", actually triangular in shape, one can access the middle of the Pont Neuf, a bridge which connects the left and right banks of the Seine by passing over the Île de la Cité. A street called, since 1948, Rue Henri-Robert, forty metres long, connects the Place Dauphine and the bridge. Where they meet, there are two other named places, the Place du Pont Neuf and the Square du Vert Galent.
The Place Dauphine was laid out in 1607–10, when the Place Royale was still under construction. It was among the earliest city-planning projects of Henri IV, and was on a site created from part of the western garden of the walled enclave known as the Palais de la Cité (because the Capetian kings had lived there long ago, before the Louvre was built). There had been a pavilion, the Maison des Etuves, located in the garden's western wall which overlooked two riverine islets, scarcely more than mudbanks at the time. One islet was incorporated into filled land which extended the Île de la Cité to the west to form the middle section, the terre-plein, of the Pont Neuf (completed in 1606) and, on the downstream side of the bridge, a platform supporting an equestrian statue of Henri IV (installed in 1614). The second islet was removed. The Place Dauphine was to occupy the western part of the garden and the vacant land which had been created between it and the bridge.
Approximately 3 acres of land was conveyed to Achille de Harlay on 10 March 1607 with instructions to execute a project according to a general plan in which the houses would adhere to a specified and repetitious facade. The development consisted of two components: a triangular square and a row of houses across from the base of the triangle on the eastern side of the rue de Harlay, with returns extending further east along the quais. There were two entrances to the square: one in the middle of the eastern range and the second at the western point, opening onto the Pont Neuf. The western ("downstream") gateway was formed by paired pavilions facing the bridge and the statue of Henri IV on its other side.
The last of the houses to be constructed (at the southeast corner of the square) was finished in 1616. Originally all were built with more or less the specified facades, which were similar to those at the Place Royale, although the houses were more modest. Each repeating unit comprised on the ground floor two arcaded shopfronts dressed with stone between which a narrow door opened into a passage to an interior court with a steep staircase leading to two residential floors above. These were faced with brick and limestone quoins, chaînes, and tablets. At the top was an attic floor with a steep slate roof and dormers, similar to the Place Royale, except that each range at the Place Dauphine was covered by a single roof, and the dormers "gave no hint of separate houses". In fact, behind the facades, the houses themselves, built by separate buyers, varied with regard to plan and area.
Since its construction, almost all of the houses surrounding the square have been raised in height, given new facades, rebuilt, or replaced with imitations of the originals. Only two retain their original appearance, those flanking the entrance facing the Pont Neuf. In 1792 during the Revolution the Place Dauphine was renamed Place Thionville, a name it retained until 1814. The former eastern range, heavily damaged by fire during the fighting of the Paris Commune of 1871, was swept aside to open the view toward the Palais de Justice. (Source: aviewoncities/paris & wikipedia)
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Taha13 (0) 2012-06-07 1:39
beautiful photo,i like it.TFS,Greetings
DINOZOR (16428) 2012-06-07 1:41
La photo est bonne avec cet espace de lumière calé entre deux arbres et ce banc en premier plan.
Très bon cadrage.
C'est une photo très parisienne de fin d'été, le pavé est luisant,il a plu.
Et puis en regardant bien il ya du bleu, du blanc et du rouge.
Bien vu, bien fait.
siamesa (28121) 2012-06-07 2:30
Bom dia George
Very nice scene. The bench added a special charming to this composition.
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2012-06-07 2:50
A nice view of the street with the cafes seen through the trees.The bench with fallen leaves around is an attraction. Nice red and blue colors making the image very attractive.
timecapturer (49288) 2012-06-07 3:20
like this enticing composition a lot. Simple yet so effective. The light and diagonals work so well and make the image intiguing and elegant. Love it!
Warm regards - Brian.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-06-07 3:22
The framing is remarkable. I also like the light and colors. This is an excellent photo of this place well known. Bravo.
Have a nice day
JFS (32459) 2012-06-07 5:07
I love this one, so Paris, so intime. Great POV, great picture.
Sergiom (79681) 2012-06-07 5:24
Un très beau cadrage vertical pour cette photo d'atmosphère. Le soleil se couche lentement et les gens se pressent vers les café pour profiter du beau temps.
macondo (19516) 2012-06-07 7:18
A very pleasing photo with subtle, understated colou and a well thought-out composition. I like the way you have framed the cafe patrons with the trees. The shiny cobble stones, wet with rain, make a gentle highlight through the centre of the picture. Despite my familiarity with Paris, I don't remember visiting this Place - I must remember it next time I go. Your photo certainly conveys the low-key nature of the square.
Gigidusud (21149) 2012-06-07 13:40
Great capture of this place with trees as framing,and nice colors.Good idea,bravo!
carlo62 (48295) 2012-06-07 15:49
bella e caratteristica vista della piazza, belli i due colori divisi dagli alberi con la classica panchina in primo piano.
Sonata11 (33831) 2012-06-07 20:28
Wonderful composition of this beautiful place. Lovely atmosphere in thi photo. Fabulous colors, clarity, great POV and DOF also. I like it. Perfectly well done.
All the best,
jjcordier (79297) 2012-06-07 22:09
Une image très parisienne (très française avec le bleu, blanc, rouge!)et cadrée de façon originale.
emka (97633) 2012-06-07 23:57
Hi Georgy, Lovely view of the Parisian cafe. I find this composition with chestnut tree, bench and shiny street delightful. Excellent shot with fine atmosphere.
mesutilgim (95260) 2012-06-08 11:28
Very nice capture from Paris with mastery pov !
Everything here; forms, colors etc typical Parisienne.
TFS and have a nice weekend
dkmurphys (58721) 2012-06-08 13:18
Very fine atmosphere even it rains. I like the POV, original shot.
Have a nice weekend.
divail (8334) 2012-06-08 19:32
J'aime le cadrage entre les grands arbres, qui nous laisse voir la terrasse et ses occupants. Les bancs publics, particuliers à Paris, sont très bien conçus pour laisser les flâneurs choisir leur point de vue selon leur intérêt ou l'orientation du soleil. J'aime aussi le rappel aux couleurs de la France avec le bleu et le rouge, avec le blanc des murs.
annjackman (21899) 2012-06-09 2:27
I enjoy the warm light of the cafe in the low light of the public square. Good to view through the trees - a lovely candid shot of a people enjoying the evening.
Kind Regards, Ann
ChrisJ (114043) 2012-06-09 2:43
The red & blue shopfronts set up a superb warm vs cold color contrast. Good sharpness & I like how youve framed the alfresco diners between the 2 dark trees, which enhance the graphism as well. The diagonal adds dynamism. Have a nice weekend!
livermore (1631) 2012-11-06 2:29
Belle image que tu as réalisée là sur cette charmante place Dauphine.
Endroit parfait pour y réaliser de beaux clichés comme le tiens.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-08-22
- Categories: Daily Life, Food, Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/6 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2012-06-07 1:30
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