The July Column stands in the centre of the Place de la Bastille in Paris. It does not, as one might think celebrate the Storming of the Bastille in July 1789 but, rather the Revolution of July 1830; the "three glorious" days of 27–29 July 1830 that saw the fall of King Charles X of France and the commencement of the "July Monarchy" of Louis-Philippe, King of the French.
A first project for a commemorative column, one that would commemorate the Fall of the Bastille, had been envisaged in 1792, and a foundation stone was laid, 14 July 1792; but the project never got further than that. The circular basin in which its socle stands was realised during the Empire as part of the Elephant of the Bastille, a fountain with an elephant in its centre. The elephant was completed to designs by Percier and Fontaine in semi-permanent stucco, but the permanent bronze sculpture was never commissioned due to pinched finances in the latter days of the Empire. Its low base has been retained to support the socle of the existing column.
The existing monument, in the form of an elaboration of a Corinthian column, was designed by the architect Jean-Antoine Alavoine, following a commission from Louis-Philippe: the Place de la Bastille was officially selected as the site on 9 March 1831, and the Citizen-King placed a first stone on 28 July 1831, the anniversary of the revolution that brought him to power; a hymn with words by Victor Hugo and music by Ferdinand Hérold was sung at the Panthéon on the occasion.
The Colonne de Juillet was constructed by Alavoine's partner in the project, Joseph-Louis Duc. It was inaugurated 28 July 1840. Music composed for the occasion was Hector Berlioz' Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale, which was performed in the open air under the direction of Berlioz himself, leading the procession of musicians which ended at the Place de la Bastille.
In the foundation, a columbarium was arranged to receive the remains of 615 victims of the July Revolution. A further 200 victims of the Revolution of 1848 were later interred in the space; the throne of Louis-Philippe was symbolically burned in the square, in July 1848.
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dta (76643) 2014-03-21 1:03
Hello Stephen ,
Excellente vue de la colonne de juillet dans la belle lumière du soir , avec un ciel particulièrement intéressant . Bien vu la présence du cycliste .
timecapturer (49288) 2014-03-21 3:02
glorious shot of this iconic Paris landmark. I love your POV and this shot benefits greatly from the larger file sizes allowed on TE now. Despite the cloudy sky the beautiful light and lone cyclist make this so eye-catching and also adds a sense of scale. Wonderful!
Have a good weekend - B.
Apurba20 (984) 2014-03-21 3:22
A very impressive monument, which you have captured magnificently with great lights.
dip (23888) 2014-03-21 3:23
an excellent framed and composed shot of the Column with the cyclist in foreground,
nice natural colors and informative note too,
besnard (56030) 2014-03-21 3:24
Un bon choix d'angle qui nous fait découvrir cette gigantesque colonne. La lumière de fin de journée donne de jolies couleurs aux immeubles.
Amitiés et bonne journée.
Subhogen (4067) 2014-03-21 3:53
Nice shot of this beautiful monument from Paris. I like the placement of the cyclist in the frame to give a sense of scale. Very nice architecture, I specially like the glowing angel on top. Beautiful! thanks for sharing.
jurek1951 (42196) 2014-03-21 4:14
a beautiful view with splendid architectural details, the colours and lights are very nice. Great atmosphere,
Sergiom (76415) 2014-03-21 5:14
J'aime beaucoup le fait que tu aies saisi le cycliste dans l'image devant la colonne. La lumière qui perce les nuages à ce moment est superbe et l'ensemble est d'une grande netteté.
Nicou (139176) 2014-03-21 5:47
Avec le cycliste qui passe quelle vue de cette colonne sueprbe avec le sommet tout en dorure sueprbe cadrage et mise en valeur.
Bravo et amitié
Fis2 (95543) 2014-03-21 7:08
A very curious column.
I like frame and colors.
Cyclist adds to the flavor of the composition.
Have a nice afternoon
Giustiniani (3632) 2014-03-21 8:33
une très belle présentation de la Colonne de Juillet baignée d'une belle lumière.
Romano46 (18472) 2014-03-21 8:42
un angolo di Parigi spesso ignorato dai fotografi che però hai saputo cogliere in maniera straordinariamente buona.
Ottima sia la composizione che la gestione della luce.
Il ciclista poi aggiunge un tocco poetico.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
gildasjan (43442) 2014-03-21 10:38
Belle prise de vue de la place de la Bastille avec seulement ce cycliste au premier plan.Un beau ciel et une bonne lumière qui mettent bien ce lieu en valeur.
Noel_Byrne (30167) 2014-03-21 14:10
Although I have never seen it in person, this reminds me very much of the statue of Eros in London, with it's golden statue standing proudly above the grand column, I really like your thirds composition of this scene, I find it hard to do this without haing major distortion in a structure such as this column, so a really cool result on this. Great note too, vy interesting story to this column.
All the best
carlo62 (45902) 2014-03-21 16:00
bella piazza, un po' troppo trafficata, dove la colonna è la protagonista indiscussa.
A pochi passi c'è Place des Vosges, qui si trova quella tranquillità che manca sotto la colonna.
macjake (66648) 2014-03-21 20:59
this is like looking at an Open Air Museum.
these popcorn clouds make for a nice setup for the sky too.
Don't think i've seen this landmark photographed from this pov before, so for me its pretty new.
good for you to have the main subject presented without distortion.
Sonata11 (33753) 2014-03-21 22:09
Hi Stephen, magnificent capture of this beautiful composition. Wonderfully done and is pleasure to look at. Perfectly well done. Love it. Tfs.
Best regards and have a great WE, Barbara
RhodieIke (11744) 2014-03-21 23:17
Super photo of this splendid July Column, the bike rider adds modern life to this scene.
Very interesting note, I learned a lot as French history was not on our curriculum at school in Africa.
Wonderful, trust you had a great break in Paris.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-03-21 23:17
Hello Stephen - The impressive monument towers over the city and is presented against a finely captured sky. Having the single cyclist well placed in the frame adds to the composition, strangely there doesn't appear to be much traffic about!
Nicely done, have a good weekend
emka (94518) 2014-03-21 23:58
Hello stephen, Nice view of this July column with a figure Victory on the top. Nice green and golden colours. beautiful composition with this lone biker. Lovely colours.
Warm regards Malgo
jemaflor (95421) 2014-03-22 0:20
Un lieu bien présenté avec cette joli luminosité sur les façades, le format est parfait pour valoriser la colonne, le cycliste "anime" la photo, peut être un peu trop cadré en plein milieu de la photo
tedesse (25135) 2014-03-22 12:39
Great postcard from Paris!
I welcome the view of the bicyclist in the foreground. Good POV and composition, nice colors and excellent sharpness.
pierrefonds (64848) 2014-03-22 16:57
La présence du cycliste ajoute de la vie à la scène. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs de la colonne de Juillet. La qualité de la lumière met en valeur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne soirée.
npecanhuk (74494) 2014-03-23 5:01
An iconic spot in the city of Paris!
I like your version for it!
Vertical format, management of difficult light, colors, chosen pov and composition really pleased me! I just miss a tiny bit more of sharpness!
I love the inclusion of the biker though!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your Sunday,
Cricri (117365) 2014-03-24 11:45
Le cycliste donne une évaluation de cette gigantesque colonne, belle lumière de fin de journée qui illumine sa couleur et statue doré, belle présentation
Didi (60586) 2014-03-24 18:43
Good lights balance with shades
Oh ! you were in Paris I leave at 120 Km south the city, one hour by train
Next time please write me :)
Gigidusud (20771) 2014-04-05 13:37
Great capture of this beautiful colonne with splendid light. Well saw the presence of the cyclist. I was here last year in March!
serp2000 (43594) 2014-07-25 5:46
Oh, yes! I've got a photo of this famous column. Special thanks for so interesting note. I like to refreshing my memory. Simple but very attractive Parisienne photo.
Have a great weekend!
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (96767)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-03-00
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, Canon 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS
- Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-21 0:54