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P6157798ac Equestrial Bronze Statue Glorifying the Sun King Louis XIV

P6157798ac Equestrial Bronze Statue Glorifying the Sun King Louis XIV
The Sun King appealed to two sculptors, Mazeline Pierre (1632-1708) and Simon Hurtrelle (1648-1724), for the realization of the statue, a pattern designed by Jules Hardouin-Mansart, the first architect of the king; After six months transportation from workshops Mazeline of Paris to Montpellier, it was only in the realization of the pedestal and it is only February 27, 1718, thirty-three years after the decision to give the walk a Royal equestrian statue, which was inaugurated with great pomp; Later: the statue was melted down during the Revolution to serve as cannon balls and a guillotine took his place! In 1814, the General Council ordered the construction of a new statue (but twice less big than the previous one); The Parisian founder Carbonneau completed it in 1831 according to a design by Jean-Baptiste de Bay; After 25 days of travel, the statue arrived Tuesday, August 5, 1838 in Montpellier, having left the Parisian workshops on July 14; France Languedoc-Roussillon Region Hérault Department Montpellier Capital Peyrou gardens.


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