Nope, not Paris!? At first look you might believe this to be the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, when in fact it’s actually Porte d’Aix in Marseille. It may not be as big or renowned as its colleague to the North, but it’s still impressive in its own right.
Modeled on the ancient Arc d'Orange, this monument was constructed by Michel-Robert Penchaud in 1823 to commemorate the victories of the French Revolution and the First Empire, and as a tribute to the glory of the Republic, the Consulate, and the Empire. With its inscriptions and bas-reliefs, and sculpture by David d'Angers and Ramey, the arch marks the old entrance to the city on the road from Aix-en-Provence.
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dta (51454) 2013-02-23 7:18
Hello JAson ,
I suppose most of us make the mistake . even the French ! ;) A superb presentation of this monument that I didn't know .
Well framed and exposed .
Well done .
Noel_Byrne (7374) 2013-02-23 8:06
The sculpture on this looks really superb, detailed and really well executed. I do like these triumphal arches, and think they add real class to any urban area. Fine blue sky to present it against too, and the light is illuminating it beautifully. Really great POV. Nicely done!
npecanhuk (53909) 2013-02-23 8:56
It's a very beautiful arch indeed and you photographed it very nicely! I love the colors, light, level of sharpness, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition! Placing people there gives us an excellent sense of scale!
TFS - congrats,
siudzi (23891) 2013-02-23 9:03
This arch has a fantastic design and it's a wonderful monument. Like the way you built this composition with people captured in front to show a scale of the subject. Well done with a perfect sharpness. TFS.
ikeharel (37356) 2013-02-24 1:51
Seems as a repeating theme throughout France town's, Jason.
Good light upon the arc, and fine clarity show the carvings on the monument.
A wide square around is notable.
Have a nice sunday,
danos (74020) 2013-02-24 9:44
nice the view as the presentation of the Porte d’Aix in Marseille.I like the brilliant light of the image as enhance the vivid colours of it.Excellent the clarity as the details of the scene.
ktanska (21523) 2013-02-24 11:08
Smaller, and much less tormented by traffic, I think I prefer this version. Beautiful details shown well on this light, good weather and nice park background.
fabianoleite (9016) 2013-02-24 16:55
It sure looks life the famous one, but this means it is as beautiful as. Good depiction of the place, ith good framing and sharpness. Well done, have a nice week!