By Charles Margerison
Have you puzzled how the Eiffel Tower used to be outfitted? Or, what it can 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 vacationing within the footsteps of wonderful humans together with Napoleon Bonaparte, Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Toulouse-Lautrec and Gustave Eiffel. in several methods, all of those notable characters made significant contributions, making the town of Paris what it really is this day. A urban journey in contrast to the other, striking humans of Paris takes you on a desirable trip with those icons of 1 of the world's so much visited towns. you'll meet those that contributed to the tune, the paintings, the structure, the politics and different important elements of the city's existence. Come head to head 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 quick biographical tale, just like an interview. those targeted tales offer an ideal way of studying approximately impressive those who made significant contributions and adjusted our global.
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What is a theatre without support? It was Emperor Napoleon III who wanted a new Opera House in Paris It was part of his grand design for the City of Light A competition was held and 171 people entered Fortunately, my design was chosen It was therefore my honour to be the architect of the Paris Opera Baron Haussmann arranged for 12,000 square metres of land He was the chief government official in charge of development The foundation stone was laid in 1861 It was a great day but many problems arose We discovered a subterranean lake under the ground It took a long time to find ways to resolve the issues In addition, money was short due to the Emperor’s wars As a result, I worried that my grand design may not be built Years passed by and there was little progress Then, in 1873, a disaster became a blessing © Dr Charles J Margerison - The Amazing People Club 59 Amazing People of Paris Fire consumed another great Paris theatre The Theatre de l’Academie Royale de Musique It was also known as Theatre de l’Opera The fire raged for 27 hours and ruined the building People all over Paris could see the flames It was agreed that our city had to have a new theatre Work on my design re-commenced I spent hours developing the drawings for the building Through hard work by engineers and builders it was completed by 1874 The Opera had to be a work of art, not just another building When completed it was called Palais Garnier to reflect my efforts A great honour indeed to see my name in lights On January 15th 1875, there was an inaugural performance The theatre shone like a star in the night Ladies in their beautiful dresses graced the occasion The men looked very formal Paris Opera House All gathered in the foyer They admired the grand theatre with golden lights sparkling Then they climbed the staircase People were amazed by the architecture of the theatre It was a tribute to all who built it In due course, other cities developed similar designs A tribute to the Opera de Paris Or, as some still say, Opera Garnier.
Dr Charles J Margerison - The Amazing People Club 35 Amazing People of Paris Yvette Bouvier c. 1754 – 1845 On August 4th 1789, our manifesto was published The Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen It was less than 300 words in length It proclaimed the rights of liberty, property and resistance to oppression Access to public office should be on the basis of talent Exemption to taxation should be banned Freedom of speech and representation in legislation for all Fair legal processes and the end of arbitrary arrest Clearly these demands meant the end of absolute monarchy Printed quickly, the document was circulated through Paris The King read and rejected it That was a big mistake The price of bread was taking 80 per cent of our income Fathers were out of work and angry Mothers could not feed their children Therefore, I called on my friends to protest Mothers of the revolution Over 7000 women marched with me to the Hotel de Ville Jean-Sylvain Bailly, Mayor of Paris, told us to tell the king We marched to his Versailles Palace demanding food I was amazed at the opulence, compared to our squalor Also amazing was the level of violence shown by the women They stormed the gates and killed soldiers The King returned to the city, trying to retain control A large crowd fuelled by fear and rumours was in revolt No one had declared a revolution But, it had started Like a forest fire on a hot day, it could not be stopped.
Versailles © Dr Charles J Margerison - The Amazing People Club 28 Amazing People of Paris Voltaire 1694 – 1778 I knew Paris well as I was born in the city in 1694 At that time, King Louis XIV had ruled the country for 50 years He believed in his divine right to make the laws By the time I was 20 years of age, he was still in power I resolved to fight for more civil liberties and freedom Of course, that was dangerous To reduce the risks, I wrote under a different name ‘Voltaire’ was my nom de plume I had been baptized as Francois Marie Arouet My writings were criticized and led me into trouble Also, the Catholic Church did not like me I attacked their dogma and so-called God given rights Why should God be on the side of the King and the Pope?