Public Art : July Column
Also Known As: Colonne de Juillet
Architect: © Jean-Antoine Alavoine
Sculptors: © Antoine-Louis Barye (24th September,
1796 – 25th June, 1875) , Augustin-Alexandre Dumont (28th January, 1801 - 1884)
Description: This 154ft tall Corinthian column is a monument to
the French Revolution and to commemorate the Trois Glorieuses, the "three glorious" days in July 1830, that
saw the fall of Charles X of France. The column is composed of twenty-one cast bronze drums, weighing over
163,000 pounds (74,000 kg) which stand on a white marble base. The base is decorated with bronze bas-reliefs
of which the lion and cockerels are by Antoine-Louis Barye. Engraved in gold are the names of the Parisians
who died during the revolution.
Commissioned by : Louis-Philippe
Date Unveiled: The first stone was laid on the 28th
July, 1831 and was inaugurated 9 years later on the 28th July, 1840. Hector Berlioz composed Grande symphonie
funèbre et triomphale specifically for the inauguration and Jean-Pierre Montagny, a well known French Medallist,
issued commemorative medals for the occasion.
Location: The July Column stands in the
center of the Place de la Bastille, in Paris, France.
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