Paris is a unique city and this its feature becomes apparent not only in the hundreds of museums, palaces, stone bridges and other attractions. Streets of Paris are works of art themselves. Most of the modern Parisian streets have acquired their appearance during the time of the Emperor Napoleon and the famous city prefect Baron Haussmann. The list of Parisian streets, pretending to be a symbol of the French capital, is rather large, but in this article we would like to tell in short about the legendary Rue de Rivoli.
Rivoli street (Rue de Rivoli) runs from the Place de la Bastille to the Place de la Concorde along the Seine and is considered one of the brightest achievements of Napoleon on the issue of city planning, although it was completed during the reign of Louis Philippe. The authors of the project on construction of Rue de Rivoli were well-known architects Fontaine and Percier.
Small rectangular Square of Pyramids, surrounded with beautiful buildings with arcades, is a nice adornment of the street. And in the center of the square there is an equestrian statue of the national hero of France – Jeanne d’Arc (author – Fremiet, 1874).
Today there are numerous boutiques, shops selling traditional souvenirs of Paris at the arcade houses, located along the Tuileries Gardens. Between the Pyramids and Castiglione street the famous Manege des Tuileries was situated, which had been given to Paris Constituent Assembly in 1789. Exactly in this building the Republic was declared in September 1792 as well as the death sentence to the King Louis XVI.
At various times many famous people of France and Europe loved to rent apartments on Rue de Rivoli. In our days the street attracts thousands of tourists from around the world with its historical splendor.