View to Paris - Three Towers and the Pont Saint-Michel (in the foreground)
Three buildings are visible from left to right on the photo: Dôme des Invalides, St-Germain-des-Prés, Eiffel Tower. This photo was taken from the Notre-Dame. I hope for it you like this panorama. Beautiful weekend!
Dôme des Invalides
The complex of buildings known as Les Invalides sits in Paris’s 7th arrondissement and consists of museums and monuments related to the military history of France. The most recognizable and well-known part of Les Invalides is the Dôme des Invalides, a gold-domed building now used as a burial site for a number of the country’s war heroes. Plans to bury the remains of the Royal Family here were set aside after the death of king Louis XIV, and in 1840 king Louis-Philippe repatriated the remains of the Emperor Napoleon from st. Helena - where he was buried after his death 19 years earlier - to have Napoleon entombed here. The Dôme des Invalides now also houses the tombs of several other military leaders like Turenne, Vauban and marshall Foch.
St-Germain-des-Prés is the oldest church in Paris. Parts of it date to the 6th century, when a Benedictine abbey was founded on the site by Childebert, son of Clovis. The church was built to house a relic of the True Cross brought from Spain in 542. In the Middle Ages, the Church of St-Germain-des-Pres was so powerful, both religiously and culturally, that it became like a town within the town. Unfortunately, the Normans all but destroyed the abbey at least four times, and only the marble columns in the triforium remain from the original structure. The carved capitals on the pillars are copies of the originals, which are kept in the Musée National du Moyen-Age. The church was enlarged and reconsecrated by Pope Alexander III in 1163. The abbey was completely destroyed during the Revolution, but the church was spared.
The Eiffel Tower was built for the International Exhibition of Paris of 1889 commemorating the centenary of the French Revolution. The Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII of England, opened the tower. Of the 700 proposals submitted in a design competition, Gustave Eiffel's was unanimously chosen.
However it was not accepted by all at first, and a petition of 300 names - including those of Maupassant, Emile Zola, Charles Garnier (architect of the Opéra Garnier), and Dumas the Younger - protested its construction.
At 300 metres (320.75m including antenna), and 7000 tons, it was the world's tallest building until 1930. Other statistics include:
• 2.5 million rivets.
• 300 steel workers, and 2 years (1887-1889) to construct it.
• Sway of at most 12 cm in high winds.
• Height varies up to 15 cm depending on temperature.
• 15,000 iron pieces (excluding rivets).
• 40 tons of paint.
• 1652 steps to the top.
Pont Saint-Michel is a bridge linking the Place Saint-Michel on the left bank of the river Seine to the Île de la Cité. It was named after the nearby chapel of Saint-Michel. It is near Sainte Chapelle and the Palais de Justice. The present 62-metre-long bridge dates to 1857. First constructed in 1378, it has been rebuilt several times, most recently in 1857. (Source: aviewoncities.con)
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siudzi (34047) 2012-07-28 2:38
Love this cloudy dark sky above the beautiful Paris. From your selected POV we can admire so special view. Very interesting post. Well done.
Have a nice weekend!
Highmountains (2255) 2012-07-28 2:52
Yes, there are 'rain clouds' over Paris. But the photograph is extraordinarily bright and illustrative. The colour saturation enhances the mood of the photograph. The colour of the river Seine in the foreground and the heavy mass of blue clouds above are conjoined by the white houses glazed in the sunlight. This city extends its arm through the Eiffel Tower reaching the sky ... Great Composition and organisation. Thanks for the good photograph.
rbassin (18748) 2012-07-28 3:07
très belle lumière sur Paris.
Intéressante vue avec de la hauteur.
danos (87923) 2012-07-28 3:34
Good morning george,
nice the view of Paris under this sky but i prefer it with a brilliant light and vivid colours.I like the panoramic view of the city as the creative perspective from the existence of the canal in the scene.
Have a good weekend,Danos
holmertz (42273) 2012-07-28 3:56
There have been too many rain clouds in Sweden this summer, but watching them on photos is still a pleasure. Here they form a great contrast to the green water of the Seine and the shining roofs of the city. The Eiffel tower looks very nice against this dark blue background,
Rafer (15385) 2012-07-28 4:12
Nice Pov of Paris and nice colors!!! Greetings!!!!!!!!!
snunney (85659) 2012-07-28 4:14
A splendid view over the rooftops of Paris with the Eiffel Tower making a great focal point. Good use of the vertical format to encapsulate so much of the city in one shot. The cloudy sky contributes much to the atmosphere. Very well presented with excellent light, colours and sharpness. Have a great weekend!
kathryn_weir (2056) 2012-07-28 4:23
A nice elevated POV giving a lovely vista with the rainclouds lending a great sense of atmosphere and drama.Lovely capture
timecapturer (49288) 2012-07-28 4:43
superb view of Paris all the landmarks clearly visible and so wonderfully detailed. The light and clouds add such atmosphere and it makes for an extremely attractive image.
Enjoy your weekend - regards Brian.
prasun984 (5590) 2012-07-28 4:53
very nice cityscape shot from Paris...like the cloudy sky here with nice sun light falls on the city..
very nice exposure controlled with other good details...
Sergiom (62028) 2012-07-28 5:15
Même sous les nuages de pluie, Paris est la plus belle ville du monde et le soin apporté à cette image la fait ressortir encore plus.
mjdundee (4663) 2012-07-28 5:56
YES - i like the view very much.
well composed scenery that expresses the atmosphere of Paris perfectly. Although the colors seem a bit oversaturated I like the mood here.
Have a nice WE,
rbellemare (2109) 2012-07-28 6:39
Great point of view of Paris. Nice Framing and great sharpness. The grey sky is also quite interesting.
Graal (98295) 2012-07-28 7:08
great view and presentation of Paris. Fine POV and fine vertical composition. Photo is very well done.
Have a nice WE.
brianmcc (6185) 2012-07-28 9:27
this is a grea scene looking over the city with the mass of buildings seemingly on top of each other. the eiffel tower is placed perfectly in the background.
cornejo (32746) 2012-07-28 10:55
Hi György, excellent photo of this nice view of this wonderful city. Lovely technically perfect image. Excellent job perfectly done and lovely, congratulations my friend. Tfs.
Good afternoon and happy Sunday.
vrabieionut (2189) 2012-07-28 11:27
Interesting photo and well done.You chose a good angle....I really like.
jjcordier (76976) 2012-07-28 11:54
Un excellent POV mettant en vedette différents monuments varactéristiques de Paris! Bon cadrage vertical et bonne lumière.
carlo62 (34490) 2012-07-28 14:39
magnifica vista di una superba Parigi, molti i luoghi ed i monumenti riconoscibili.
Il POV è veramente bello ed il cielo è serioso.
bukitgolfb301 (36488) 2012-07-28 16:04
Hi dear George, how are you?
Another wonderful city view for the forever dreaming metropolitan Paris. Perfect framework and light control as usual. I like the proportion of the sky and town very much. Wonderful atmosphere! Thanks for your sharing with the finest shot and have a good Sunday! Best regards,
Takero in front of TV, watching Olynpic games in Tokyo
npecanhuk (66862) 2012-07-28 17:32
Very beautiful classical picture of that city!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov, vertical format, black & white borders and composition truly pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
emka (80912) 2012-07-29 0:01
Hi george, What a wonderful POV you found, the view is just gorgeous. This cloudy sky looks very attractive.
WArm regrads, have a beautiful Sunday
amaryllis (35209) 2012-07-29 0:26
Hormis la beauté de l'architecture, Paris sans nuages de pluie ne serait pas Paris....smiles
une très belle vue en plongée de cette capitale superbe avec un beau patrimoine
jurek1951 (42160) 2012-07-29 1:19
This is a beautiful composition and capture of this nice city,light and sky are beautiful,
Cricri (108059) 2012-07-29 10:59
Le POV idéal pour avoir une vue sensationnelle de Paris avec plusieurs éléments intéressants, la lumière et les couleurs sont très belles , très belle image
mkamionka (30903) 2012-07-30 12:30
amazing POV which allowed you to take this spectacular panorama. I lie the bridge in the foreground and the Eiffel tower emerging far in the distance.
Very difficult light conditions and I see you have struggled a bit with the processing but the final result is very pretty,
Bluejeans (64249) 2012-07-30 13:01
Ola George ,
Uma bela visão vertical da cidade de Paris a cidade do Amor :) , achei o céu fantástico as nuvens deram a foto outro toque , bons detalhes, parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
dkmurphys (50218) 2012-07-30 13:06
Spectacular postcard of Paris. I like the colors and the presentation. Well seen.
Silvio1953 (124653) 2012-07-31 1:52
Ciao George, great panoramic POV on fantastic city, beautiful sky full of dark clouds, excellent clarity, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
abmdsudi (44308) 2012-07-31 12:56
Another of your speciality, grand skyline shot which I feel there are two elements that make this looks different; the dramatic sky and the green water. What a glorious result from this famous city with the light filtering through nicely and the veiwpoint leads the eye through the vast cityscape with the tower anchors the view there. Some exquisite work and your photo does it justice. Great capture, TFS
Angshu (56062) 2012-08-01 2:55
You have not said where you took this picture from! :-)
Fine roof top view of Paris dominated by the 2 towers & a dome. The diagonal disposition of the river looks good. Good clarity & depth in this shot!
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-08-23
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/6.7, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Bridges of Paris [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-07-28 2:05