Sebastian de Vauban Square in Paris


Place Sebastian de Vauban (La place Vauban) is named after a contemporary of Louis XIV, an outstanding military engineer and Marshal of France. Over the years of his successful career, he has designed and built about 150 forts, bastions and other fortifications in various regions of the country.

Площадь расположена с южной стороны Homes for the disabled в 7 округе Парижа. На карте столицы Франции она появилась в 1780 году. От Дома инвалидов её отделяет проспект Турнель. Ещё три магистрали (авеню Виллар, Сегур и Брейтель) начинаются с этого места и отходят лучами от неё в направлении Эйфелевой башни, башни Монпарнас и Эколе Милиэтэр. Современные очертания площади в виде полукруга  оформились к 1853 году.

Tourists on the note

Самая известная достопримечательность, расположенная на площади Вобана — это знаменитый Дом инвалидов. Памятник архитектуры 17 в. построен по проекту архитекторов Лионеля Брюана и Жюля Мансара в 1671-1677 годах в классическом стиле. Среди многочисленных воинских реликвий дома ветеранов войн нашлось место и для сердца талантливого инженера Себастьяна де Вобана.

The O. Rodin Museum is located next to the Place S. de Vauban. Its halls display numerous documents related to his name, personal belongings and masterpieces of the master of sculpture. House number 11 also belongs to the memorable places of Sebastian de Vauban Square. Until 2017, it was home to a prominent French politician and the first woman to become President of the European Parliament, Simone Veil. You can complete your acquaintance with this corner of Paris by sitting comfortably at a table on the terrace of the Le Vauban restaurant opposite

Monumental art

Вблизи Дома инвалидов совершенно естественно смотрятся два установленных на площади памятника французским маршалам 20 в. Первым из них в 1921 году был поставлен монумент в честь маршала Жозефа Галлиени (1849-1916).

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Бывший военный губернатор Мадагаскара прославился при обороне Парижа осенью 1914 года и вкладом в победу в грандиозном сражении на реке Марна. По его предложению для переброски на фронт дополнительных воинских частей были использованы парижские такси.

The sculptor Jean Beauchard portrayed Marshal J. Gallieni in bronze as a rather elderly man. On the pedestal, he stands in a calm position in a military headdress and a cloak thrown on. His right leg is slightly forward, and his head is turned to the left.

On four sides of the high rectangular pedestal of the monument, there are 4 allegorical sculptures holding garlands of laurel leaves in their raised hands. They symbolize the main stages of the military biography of J. Gallieni.

The figure of the young man is associated with Sudan, where the future marshal began his career. Other symbolic statues are associated with his fight against piracy in Tonkin, the colonial administration of Madagascar and the defense of Paris in 1914.

The second monument to the hero of the First World War, Marshal Emile-Marie Fayolle (1852-1928), was erected on Place Vauban in 1935 by the decision of a specially created commission headed by Marshal A. Petain. E. Fayolle took part in the second battle on the Marne river in 1918 and under his command the allied forces fought on the Balkan front.

The sculptor Jean Beauchard again became the author of the monument. The statue of the Marshal stands on a high pedestal in a free pose. He is dressed in a military overcoat and leans on a rod, which he holds in his right hand. An artillery shell is placed behind the back of the marshal at his feet.

On the sides, at the foot of the stone pedestal, there are high bas-reliefs with twin figures of armed soldiers. On the front side of the monument there is a statue of a medieval warrior, whose hands are crossed on the handle of a huge sword lowered down.

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Getting there

Address: La place Vauban, Paris 75007.
Metro: Saint-François-Xavier, Ecole Militaire.
Bus: Vauban - Hôtel des Invalides.