Equestrian Statue of Charlemagne

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Equestrian Statue of Charlemagne

Equestrian Statue of Charlemagne
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Neighborhood: Ile de la Cité / Ile Saint-Louis
Two islands sit in the middle of the Seine at the very heart of Paris. The more majestic one, Ile de la Cité, sparkles with history. This is the birthplace of Paris, the home of the Gothic Sainte-Chapelle, and the site of the prison where Marie Antoinette was held before her execution. Tourists flock to see the iconic Notre Dame and the beautiful bridges that straddle the Seine. Ile Saint-Louis, the more provincial island, welcomes you with cozy traditional eateries, small boutiques, and what some people say is the best ice cream in the city. This is essential Paris from its very beginnings to its modern appeal.
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  • St-Michel – Notre-Dame • 3 min walk
  • Saint-Michel – Notre-Dame • 3 min walk
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Saulo B
Teresina, PI42 contributions
This is a very beautiful sculpture that by all means represents the greatness of the one represented: Carlo Magno. I wish I can come back to this spot again in the near future. As soon as this pandemic is over I will come back to Europe to see new places and visit again my favorite places, like Paris, Rome, and Talim. Also, I want to go to Berlin, Moscow, and cities in the Check Republic.
Written May 18, 2020
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China148,378 contributions
Couples
One of the things you can see in front of Notre Dame Cathedral is the bronze equestrian statue - Charlemagne et ses Leudes (Charlemagne and his guards), which was created by brothers Louis and Charles Rochet in 1878.

This bronze statue of Charlemagne shows the King of the Franks on horseback. He is holding a lance or staff while being guided by two leudes, which are believed to be the figures of Oliver and Roland. Charlemagne holds an important place in European history, being the first Emperor of Western Europe around 800AD, known at that time as the Carolingian Empire.

The Statue of Charlemagne is one of several interesting things to see around Notre Dame and is well worth a few minutes of your time when visiting the attractions at Ile de la Cite.
Written January 24, 2014
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China148,378 contributions
Couples
Charlemagne and his guards (Charlemagne et ses Leudes) is an equestrian monument found at Notre Dame Square just in front of the cathedral. This is the works of French architects Louis and Charles Rochet and was created for the Universal Exposition of 1878.

Here you will find an arrangement of figures including the King of the Franks on horseback, holding up a scepter in his right hand. On the ground leading his horse are the historic figures of Oliver and Roland. The bronze figures stand atop a traditional grand pedestal commonly seen 19th-century equestrian statues. It includes the name of the monument engraved on its side.

You can conveniently see the monument before or after spending time at Notre Dame Cathedral. Then continue on with other intended sightseeing in the area.
Written December 31, 2018
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Big_bro_1_usa
Chicago, IL1,978 contributions
Family
Imposing statue on the left of Notredame. There are a lot of pigeons around it's base that you can feed. It's also a good meeting place for people in tour groups as we noticed quite a bit while preparing to enter the church.
Written July 10, 2015
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia14,516 contributions
Due to the Notre Dame area being a construction site, this ornate statue of the first Holy Roman Emperor, is currently behind a fence, which is a shame, however, when works are complete, it will be possible to admire the King of the Franks up close.
Written March 22, 2020
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Rumples
Tucson, AZ11,161 contributions
Solo
This beautifully sculpted equestrian statue of Charlemagne (King of the Franks and Emperor of the Romans) stands about 50 feet from the main entrance to Notre Dame Cathedral, off to the right. For years, I never noticed this 1882 creation by the brothers Charles and Louis Rochet. That's because my focus was on the cathedral or getting through the crowds in the area as quickly as possible en route someplace else.

On my most recent visit to Paris, I took the time to examine this bronze depiction of Charlemagne (742-814), complete with a beard, a crown topped by a cross and a scepter. He sits on a horse, which is lead by two guards, Roland and Oliver. The statue is named, appropriately, "Charlemagne et ses Leuedes (Charlemagne and His Guards).

Many pigeons strutted in the area, but I noted none on top of the king's head. There were also a few people near the statue, either looking at it or taking a rest. Hundreds of visitors stood in line to enter the cathedral. Though this line appears formidable, it occurs because of the narrow entrance-way. I have never waited longer than 15 minutes in similar lines.

This statue is definitely worth a stop after visiting the cathedral. It is also a good meeting point, away from the masses, when traveling with others.
Written April 5, 2016
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Kate B
Kennedale, TX231 contributions
Family
Great statue of Charlemagne...I used it in my classroom lectures where I teach. It is a great accent to Notre Dame.
Written July 7, 2015
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sipivu
Paris, France2,100 contributions
Couples
The statue of "Charlemagne and his leudes" is located in front on the right side of Notre Dame cathedral.

You can see the crown and Durandal, Chevalier Roland mythical sword. The presence of the crown is an anachronism because Roland died in 778 and Charlemagne was crowned in 800!
Written June 12, 2015
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA13,416 contributions
A big noble statue on the Parvis in front of the cathedral. You can stop here and rest a b it in the midst of all the crowds headed to the big church.
Written January 24, 2019
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Jolyon67
Melbourne, Australia5,714 contributions
Friends
The statue of Charlemagne on horseback just in front of Notre Dame is the start point for a couple of walking tours. The brilliant Discover Walks depart here, they are free but you pay as you feel, most people pay about €10. Look for the guides wearing a bright pink vest. Every day at 11am there is a Notre Dame & around tour, 2.30pm there's a left bank and Latin Quarter tour, both departing from this statue.
The statue itself was erected in 1882 to honour Charlemagne. From 768-814 he conquered and ruled large parts of Western Europe. He's buried in Aachen, Germany.
Written February 24, 2015
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