Reminiscing in the Parlor : Leisurely Viewing Stereographs
Place du Châtelet, Paris, France
August 1875
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One stereograph of the Place du Châtelet, Paris, France. The photograph shows the square with the large fountain as the focal point (see NOTES). The front has the title handwritten on it and the back has the owner's initials and a short description. M. F. H. took a European tour in July and August of 1875, traveling from Belgium to Switzerland, Italy, France, England and Scotland. From other stereographs, it is clear this is from that trip.
The square owes its name to an ancient fortress, the Grand Châtelet, built for defending the Pont au Change bridge which it overlooked, but it was then destroyed under the rule of Napoleon I. The square's present aspect, however, is due to Napoleon III. In the centre, there is the Fontana du Châtelet fountain decorated with sphinxes and statues, and with foundations from 1858. The column, dating from 1808, was erected in remembrance of Napoleon I's victories.
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