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One of the four pillars on Pont Alexandre III | Courtesy of Benjamin Harrill
One of the four pillars on Pont Alexandre III | Courtesy of Benjamin Harrill
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Images Of A Paris Touched By Gold

Picture of Benjamin Harrill
Updated: 7 November 2016
While you may think that Paris would indeed be, as one of Europe’s most lavish cities, littered with golden sculptures and dazzlingly adorned buildings, in reality the Midas touch barely extends much further than the 1st arrondissement. The intense concentration of gold trimmings in the capital’s central district makes strolling through these areas a real experience, and the streets are thus considered amongst Paris’ richest and most visited. We’ve gathered some of the most beautiful gold-touched images of the City of Lights.


Fontaines de la Concorde | Courtesy of Benjamin Harrill

Place de la Concorde is a great place to kick things off, with its two golden fountains often overlooked by many tourists since the Luxor obelisk seems to tower over everything in the proximity. The Egyptian ‘needle’ is over 3,000 years old, and it’s probably Paris’ most popular monument when it comes to golden adornments.

Hieroglyphs run all the way up the sides of the obelisk at Place de la Concorde | Courtesy of Benjamin Harrill

There’s a similarly subtle lavishing of or (the French word for gold) just over the road in the Jardin des Tuileries as well, placed roughly midway between the Place de la Concorde and the Louvre.

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Tuileries | Courtesy of Benjamin Harrill

The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, a triumphal arch built to honor Napoleon’s victories – like the larger, world-famous one at the end of the Champs-Elysées of the same period – can be found in the Tuileries, its chariot being led by gilded Victories on both sides.

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Detail of the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel | Courtesy of Benjamin Harrill

Additionally, just a few meters outside of the gardens, another golden statue, this time a depiction of Joan of Arc shines somewhat less majestically sandwiched between two roads.

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The Joan of Arc statue, built in 1874 | Courtesy of Benjamin Harrill

Even the buildings in the surrounding area are positively glistening, with balconies and railings decorated with radiant gold leaf.

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A balcony in Paris’ first arrondissement | Courtesy of Benjamin Harrill

Paris’ most famous bridge, Pont Alexandre III, is guarded by two elevated golden statues at each end.

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One of the four pillars on Pont Alexandre III | Courtesy of Benjamin Harrill

The bridge is famous for these statues, as well as its generally extravagant style,  and what’s more, it links two iconic buildings, one being the ironically named ‘Petit Palais’ decorated with a beautiful large golden door, and across the river on the rive gauche, Les Invalides with its golden dome.

Les Invalides | © Laura Suarez/Flickr

Les Invalides | © Laura Suarez/Flickr