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Even the lamp posts in Paris are gorgeous! This one is near the Louvre and Tuilleries Gardens) and has an inscription on the base is for "A. Muel, Fonderies de Tusey, 1837". The foundry (near Vaucouleurs) was created in 1832 by Pierre Adolphe Muel (from a family of ironmasters) and specialized in art objects cast in iron. Muel set up two fountains and 16 columns along the de la Concorde in 1834-37 (during reign of last French king, Louis Philippe I). [1st of two pins]
The Place de la Concorde was built in 1750 with a grand statue of Louis XV in the center. During the French Revolution, the statue was dismantled and a guillotine set up: Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette, Robespierre, and Danton all lost their heads here. Concorde is a focal point for major landmarks: the Arc de Triomphe, the Madeleine church, the National Assembly, and the Tuileries Gardens and Louvre. At the center of the square is a gift from Egypt - a 75 ft obelisk from the temple of Luxor.