Building Paris

Building Paris

Creating the World's Most Beautiful Capital City


Paris is the most visited city in the world. This romantic metropolis has for centuries captured the hearts and imaginations of countless writers, poets, musicians, artists, and travellers. Paris is renowned for the splendid architecture of its individual buildings and, even more so, for the harmony of the city’s overall composition.

Building Paris is Bruce Marshall’s account of how Paris came to be the most admired city in the world. Mixing anecdote and history, Marshall illuminates rare and sometimes unpublished images taken from the vast archives of Getty Images, Roger-Viollet, and other sources. Examples include photographs recording the restoration of Notre-Dame in 1844, the destruction of the Hôtel de Ville and the Tuileries Palace during the Communard uprising in 1871, and Theophile Feau’s spectacular sequence of the Eiffel Tower being built for the 1889 World’s Fair. Thematic essays bring the history to life and detailed picture captions explain the ingenuity and inventiveness of architects and engineers, masons and glaziers, sculptors and landscapers.

Book Details

Cover Type: Hardback, Format: 220x340 mm, Extent: 256 pp

Publication Date: October 2009

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