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The Palace Brongniart: photos, description (Palais Brongniart)

The Palais Brongniart was formerly known as Exchange: it housed the Paris stock exchange. Its present name to commemorate the architect Alexandre Theodore Brongniart, who designed the building on the orders of Napoleon.

The first French stock exchange was opened by the decree of the Royal Council in 1724, was she not extant mansion of the Hotel de Nevers on the left Bank of the Seine. In 1793 in an atmosphere of brutal commodity crisis of the French revolutionaries the stock exchange a hotbed of economic liberties, closed. Reopened it is only under Napoleon in 1801. Then the Emperor approved the Stock Code, issued a decree on the construction of the exchange of a special building.

Plot for construction picked up on the former site of the convent of Daughters of St. Thomas Aquinas - he has been around since 1626, but was destroyed by the same revolutionaries. The Brongniart designed a building that resembles an ancient Greek temple. Made it in the style of the neoclassical Empire style, in plan has the shape of a cross and set on a high podium. The majestic Palace is surrounded by a continuous colonnade.

The Brongniart did not live to complete his creation: he died in 1813. The project took architect Eloi Labarre, who finished the construction in 1825. Painter of historical genre Alexander Denis Abel de Pujol painted the ceiling of the exchange. Near the corners of the building are established suitable on the subject of the sculpture of Justice (author - Dure), Trade (Dumont), Industry (Pradier) and Agriculture (Serre). In 1903 the building was extended - it was attached to two side wings.

For a long time the Paris stock exchange was the second largest in Europe after London. In 2000 it was merged with the exchanges of Amsterdam, Brussels, today, this Grand European company called Euronext. Full computerization of all operations has freed up the rooms of the Palace. Here are conferences, exhibitions, fashion shows. There is also a Museum of the stock exchange is open for tourists. You can get here any day, excluding Saturday and Sunday.