The Horses of the Grand Palais

Europe seems to be a continent of statues and monuments and Paris is no exception. Atop the two corner entrances to the Grand Palais you will find a Quadriga, or a chariot drawn by four horses abreast. They are the the work of French sculptor Georges Récipon, created around 1900.

Each entrance is concave, with the quadriga rising a hundred feet above street level. This copper quadriga on the Seine side, Harmony Triumphing Over Discord, weighs 12 tons, yet seems to defy the law of gravity as the horses leap into the air.

The Grand Palais is a beautiful museum and complex used for exhibits of all kinds. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to visit inside, but it is hard to miss this grand building of glass and steel as you travel around the historical portion of Paris. This image was taken from our coach as we were driving by.
  

Atop the two corner entrances to the Grand Palais you will find a Quadriga, or a chariot drawn by four horses abreast. They are the the work of French sculptor Georges Récipon, created around 1900. Each entrance is concave, with the quadriga rising a hundred feet above street level. This copper quadriga on the Seine side, Harmony Triumphing Over Discord, weighs 12 tons, yet seems to defy the law of gravity as the horses leap into the air. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

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