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The Rue de Rivoli: photo description (Rue de Rivoli)

Rue Rivoli is the longest in Paris. It is also the most well-known (except, of course, the Champs-elysées). In the guidebooks write that Rivoli - "a natural continuation" of the Champs Elysees. This is not true: the alignments of the streets are not the same. But Rivoli really stretches East from Concorde parallel to the flow of the Seine river up to the old quarter Mare - three kilometres of elegance and history.

Founded street Napoleon in 1806 - he named it in memory of private military victory of the Italian city of Rivoli. "Napoleonic" part of the street runs along the Tuileries gardens and the Louvre. On the Northern part of the Emperor's architects Percier and Fontaine supplied long - more than a kilometer - a series of identical buildings with deep arcades. They came up with Fontaine that, as he explained, "ladies fashion shops... could not pay attention to the bad weather."

Since then Rivoli street, dozens of chic shops, lingerie boutiques, cafes, souvenir shops. This is probably the best place to buy all sorts of trifles on the memory of Paris.

Charles X and Louis-Philippe continued the work of Napoleon Bonaparte, Rue de Rivoli extending to the East to Saint-Antuanesko suburbs - it is in them it was so long. The construction was good reason: in the curves of the streets and the suburbs of the insurgent population it is convenient to build barricades, Rivoli was needed for rapid deployment of troops there. Nevertheless, throughout centuries of history, the street was very peaceful.

Located on Rivoli Musee du Louvre, the Gothic tower of Saint-Jacques, she leaves the city hall of Paris. In the center of the modest square Pyramids (again named in honor of Napoleon's victory in Egypt) is a small gilded equestrian statue of Joan of Arc, is not very relevant grandiose architectural ensemble.

Rivoli has a direct relationship to Russian culture. In the house â„– 210 for three years he rented a small apartment on the fourth floor of Ivan Turgenev. He also recommended family-run guest house No. 206 Leo Tolstoy - classic lived here for a few months. This is similar to the existing facade of the house plaque.