By Charles Margerison
Have you questioned how the Eiffel Tower used to be outfitted? Or, what it will were wish to wander the streets of Montmartre 100 years in the past and meet humans like Edith Piaf and the well-known painters? As you stroll round the urban of sunshine, you're traveling within the footsteps of fantastic humans together with Napoleon Bonaparte, Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Toulouse-Lautrec and Gustave Eiffel. in several methods, all of those remarkable characters made significant contributions, making town of Paris what it truly is at the present time. A urban travel not like the other, impressive humans of Paris takes you on a desirable trip with those icons of 1 of the world's such a lot visited towns. you'll meet those that contributed to the song, the paintings, the structure, the politics and different very important facets of the city's lifestyles. Come nose to nose with those that constructed the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, the Tuilleries Gardens and different nice areas. stroll round the urban with the tales of the folks who created the websites we adore to go to. what's a BioView®? Your travel of the folks and locations of Paris comes alive via BioViews®. A BioView® is a brief biographical tale, just like an interview. those exact tales offer an ideal way of studying approximately striking those that made significant contributions and adjusted our global.
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Amazing People of Paris Andre Le Notre 1613 – 1700 Bienvenue Welcome to Paris and, in particular, the Tuileries Gardens The Tuileries Palace once stood here That building was started in 1564 by Catherine de Medici Famous people lived there, including the King Louis XIV and Napoleon The Palace was the royal residence before 1871 The building was destroyed by revolutionaries of the Paris commune Next to the Tuileries is the Louvre It was originally a fortress King Francois I started the re-building in 1546 A hundred years later, King Louis XIV spent a lot of money He developed both the Tuileries and the Louvre © Dr Charles J Margerison - The Amazing People Club 25 Amazing People of Paris It was my privilege to be the landscape designer at the Tuileries The smell of flowers was in my blood My father and grandfather were gardeners They passed on their practical skills As part of my training, I studied painting and architecture I succeeded to my father’s job as head gardener at the Tuileries in 1637 I was ready for the challenges ahead My work came to the attention of King Louis XIV of France A powerful ruler, he wanted the most beautiful gardens Money and men to do the work were supplied King Louis was generous and appreciative of my work He had absolute power and wanted everything to be just as he decided The King also asked me to design the gardens at his Palais of Versailles Work began in 1661 At the age of 48, I was in my prime and full of energy At Versailles, I also laid out the radiating city plan The Avenue de Paris was the largest of its kind in Europe It was a busy period for me with many projects at the same time One of them was to extend the gardens in the centre of Paris That became the Champs Elysées Other projects included the Chateaux at Fontainebleau I worked there for two years from 1645 I also developed other properties at Grand Trianon and Clagny In all, I had a fascinating job It enabled me to make Paris beautiful.
Dr Charles J Margerison - The Amazing People Club 31 Amazing People of Paris King Louis XVI of France 1754 – 1793 My advisers said that the people were angry They suggested it was time for a political meeting with the people It was a big decision, as I inherited the Divine Right to Rule Opening decisions to representatives could be dangerous An Estates General Meeting was convened on May 5th 1789 It was the first time one had been called since 1614 The First Estate members represented the clergy The Second Estate members represented the nobles The Third Estate members represented the working people Each Estate had one vote Though 98 per cent of the people were in the latter © Dr Charles J Margerison - The Amazing People Club 32 Amazing People of Paris About 1000 people attended, but there were no women representatives There was little agreement between the three groups Each wanted more power to rule th On June 17 the Third Estate announced a National Assembly Clearly, that was an attack on my power That had to be stopped at all costs On June 20th, I closed the Salles des Etats where the Third Estate met That was my Divine Right I did not know I was signing my death warrant The French Revolution was about to begin On July 14th the Bastille was stormed by citizens Mob rule replaced monarchy Robespierre and his gang swept into power It was only a matter of time before they got rid of me On January 21st 1793, I was executed Vive La France.
I had many enemies It was not surprising that I was arrested and jailed in the Bastille The first time was in 1717, when I was 23 years old I was locked up for 11 months in that rat-infested mad house It did not deter my efforts to bring about reform But, it was necessary to be careful However, the next attack came from a different source © Dr Charles J Margerison - The Amazing People Club 29 Amazing People of Paris In 1726, an aristocrat had me arrested for what he called an insult Again, I was jailed at the Bastille That time, I was released when I promised to live in England It was the first of many foreign journeys Forced on me by those who objected to freedom and justice The King, the Catholic Church and the rich exploited the poor people Despite threats, I continued to write and publish To do so, I needed an income Therefore, I went into business with some bankers As a result, I became a millionaire The Pantheon It is easier to speak one’s mind when one is not hungry.