History in Stone: Impressions of Paris

Joanna Richardson takes readers on a mid twentieth century architectural tour of Paris; the French capital, she writes, bears the signature of successive rulers.

Detail from the Turgot map of Paris (published 1739) showing the Louvre.Not long ago, I stood outside the east front of the Louvre, and looked into the moat that divides it from everyday Paris. The moat is broad and very deep. It is also new. For though it was designed in the reign of Louis XIV, it was only excavated three hundred years later, on the orders of Andre Malraux, the Minister for Cultural Affairs.

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