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The monument to Karl the Great: photos, description (Charlemagne Statue)

The monument to Karl the Great, installed near the entrance to Notre Dame de Paris, the Parisians called Charlemagne - as the French phonetically transformed Latin name Carolus Magnus (Carolus Magnus). The monument is curious and a little sad story.

The author of the composition, hereditary sculptor Louis Rocher, spent on this colossal work ten years of life. The monument became his last work: in 1878, shortly before the completion of the work, the sculptor died. The fact Louis took his brother Charles, a painter and a sculptor.

Younger brother tough: the margin of the monument he spent almost all his savings, but had to have meritorious works of the pedestal. The city authorities categorically refused to buy the statue and pay for the construction of the pedestal, only allowed to put Charlemagne in the square in front of Notre Dame. Then Charles Rocher himself ordered a modest pedestal and the Builder sued, demanding to pay him 4155 francs, which the sculptor was not. The new York times wrote on April 13, 1899: "Roche is in sad shape... the only thing the lender can collect the debt, it's the statue itself, on behalf of which the Paris press now turns to the city government and the public - to stop a court that does not honor their artistic taste."

The artistic merits of the monument is controversial, but it is certainly interesting archaeologically exact reproduction of the slightest details of clothes and weapons of the of Charlemagne and his knights Roland and Olivier. Without a doubt, there has been a features of education and education Louis Roche, who was also a scholar of Eastern languages. So, the sword hanging at the hip of Roland faithfully reproduces the original, stored in Madrid. However, the figure of Charlemagne is not consistent with the original: it is known that extremely tall (192 cm) monarch in Mature years became very fat and bald. On the horse we see is slender long-haired elder.

Though with the scandal, but the monument was installed in a prestigious location. This Paris expressed his respect for the memory of the greatest monarch who United the land of present-day France, Germany and Italy into a single Empire. It is known, however, that in Paris, Charlemagne has been only two times in life: his court was located in Aachen, in present-day Germany.