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CORSICA 2012 #37

By JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
This statue of Napoleon is to be found Place d'Austerlitz in Ajaccio. There is a huge monumental ensemble to the glory of Napoleon. It was built and inaugurated on 15 August 1938.

“The work takes the form of a large promontory made from an inclined stone plane covered with inscriptions, at the summit of which there is a small stepped pyramid which acts as a pedestal for a replica in bronze of the statue of Napoleon by Seurre which once stood on the top of the Vendôme column and which today is in the Invalides.

The whole ensemble is framed by two eagles bearing the dates of the birth and death of Napoleon. As an architectural metaphor of the Triumph in the ancient sense of the word, this monument is the perfect expression of an ancient Roman apotheosis. The inscriptions merely serve to underline this almost deification of the person: "Napoleon I Emperor of the French 1804-1815. We have seen you rise to the empyrion.

There then follow the names of most of the victorious battles of the epic, from Montenotte to Ligny under Fleurus.

Napoleon's civil works are evoked by the words "Code civil, University, Bank of France, Légion d'Honneur, Cour des Comptes".


http://www.napoleon.org/en/magazine/itineraries/course/corse_parcourstree_english.asp?id=448687

Tags: France Statue Corsica Ajaccio Landscape and travel Napoleon Bonaparte CORSE DU SUD

Voters: leontari, CarolG, johnke and 23 more


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johnke Plus
7 223 16
20 Apr 2013 6:55PM
Super presentation followed be a great narrative, thank you...John

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NDODS 9 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2013 7:00PM
An absorbing foreword supported by three rather imposing captures of this once great figure

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
pablophotographer 9 1.6k 380
20 Apr 2013 7:19PM
Great work, black and white does favour it. Great points of view in all three as well. Voted.
taggart Plus
15 47 14 United States
20 Apr 2013 7:38PM
I like v1 but not for all the right reasons-- Love the clouds!
EMJAYCEE Plus
11 10 10 England
20 Apr 2013 8:10PM
Difficult subject and I think V3 is the best.
Joan.
Jasper87 Plus
10 2.5k 158 England
20 Apr 2013 8:51PM
The mono with that sky behind makes him even more imposing.

Dave
Maiwand 13 3 73 England
20 Apr 2013 9:32PM
Good shots-Jean-Noel.
Ron

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