Peter Parley's peep at Paris

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Page 100 - Girardon ; the three others are by Regnaudin. On the right and left of this magnificent group are two others, the former by Guerin, the latter by Marsy, representing the horses of the Sun watered by tritons. These three groups in white marble form the most perfect ensemble of sculpture at Versailles.
Page 203 - The corners are adorned with allegorical bas-reliefs. Beneath is a subterranean chapel, where an altar of grey marble is erected over the exact spot where Louis XVI. was buried ; and in a corner, about 5 feet from it, is pointed out the original resting-place of the queen. The...
Page 78 - In the middle of this gallery is the entrance to the Salle des Croisades, a series of five splendid rooms in the Gothic style, forming a gallery of pictures relating to those interesting periods. The ceilings and walls are covered with armorial bearings of French knights who fought in the Holy Land ; the 3d room, bisected by a series of three arches, contains colossal pictures of battles fought during the crusades.
Page 221 - ... when in full play. The grand jet d'eau, known by the name of the Jet Geant, is to the left of the cascades, in front of a fine alley ; it rises with immense force to the height of 140 feet from the centre of a basin, and throws up 5000 gallons per minute.
Page 119 - The most interesting bas-reliefs of this entrance are the 12 signs of the zodiac, and the agricultural labours of the 1 2 months of the year, on the door-posts. The sixth sign, Virgo, is represented by a sculptor forming a statue, supposed to be that of the Virgin.
Page 120 - Septentrional, is a statue of the Virgin crushing the dragon. In the tympan above are the Nativity, the Adoration of the Wise Men, the Presentation in the Temple, the Massacre of the Innocents, the Flight into Egypt, and five scenes of the Deliverance of Demoniacs. Above sits a monarch presenting a sealed volume to suppliants kneeling. The Porte Rouge is surmounted by a triangular canopy.
Page 121 - The pavement is of costly marble, and in the centre is a brazen eagle which serves as a reading-desk. The sanctuary and high altar are each approached by flights of steps formed of Languedoc marble ; over the altar is a marble group by Coustou, of fine design and execution, representing the Descent from the Cross. On one side of this was formerly a statue of Louis XIII. by Coustou, and, on the other, one of Louis XIV.
Page 191 - Denis in 613; and Pepin, father of Charlemagne, commenced a new church, which was finished by his son, and consecrated in 775. Of this edifice nothing now remains except the foundations of the crypt. Suger, abbot of the monastery during the reign of Louis VII., demolished the church, and built a more majestic one in...
Page 246 - France, and the bulls of papal decrees, the keys of the Bastille, the silver keys of Namur presented to Louis XIV., the famous livre rouge found at Versailles, the wills of Louis XVI.
Page 262 - Issoire, or Isauard (from a famous robber who once infested that neighbourhood), on the old road to Orleans, was purchased, with a piece of ground adjoining; a shaft was sunk, the cavities propped up, and various portions walled off for receiving the dead. The ceremony of consecrating the Catacombs was performed on the 7th of April, 1786, and that same evening the removal from the cemeteries began.

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