Les Etoiles d’Ivry

Les Etoiles d’Ivry (Stars of Ivry), aka Les Etoiles de Renaudie, are a mixed-used development in Ivry-sur-Seine. It was designed in the 1960’s by architect Jean Renaudie as part of the urban renewal of the city centre of Ivry. The name comes from the use of triangles as the main building block of the design.

Above, in Cité du Parc, right next to Parc des Cormailles.

Above, Ecole Einstein (primary school).

Above, Ecole Einstein from above.

Above, Centre Jeanne Hachette, a bit further away from the Cité.

Above, Place Voltaire.

Above, Tours Raspail and Lenine in the background, designed by architect Renée Gailhoustet as part of the urban renewal of the 1960’s.

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Grande Mosquée de Paris

The Grande Mosquée de Paris (Great Mosque of Paris) is located in the 5th arrondissement of Paris and is one of the largest mosques in France. It was built in the Moorish Revival architecture style and inaugurated in 1926.

Above, 33m-high minaret.

Above, main entrance.

Above, garden of the mosque.

Above, prayer room.

Above, mosque library.

Above, in the garden.

Above, Mémorial du soldat musulman (Memorial to Muslim soldiers).

Above, north-African restaurant inside the mosque.

Headquarters of the French Communist Party

The European Heritage Days (Journées Européennes du Patrimoine) take place every year on the 3rd week-end of September. The programme was started in France in 1984 and offers opportunities to visit buildings and sites which are not normally accessible to the public. A lot of monuments are open in Paris and the most popular ones (like the Palais de l’Elysée or the National Assembly building) can get really crowded.

This year, on the first day, I went to visit the headquarters of the French Communist Party, designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in the 1960’s. The building is located Place du Colonel Fabien, in Paris.

Above, there was a photo exhibition in the main hall.

Above, meeting room under the white dome.

Above, on the terrace.

Above, Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre.

Above, skyscrapers of La Défense.

Above, Eiffel Tower.

Above, Tour Montparnasse.

Above, artificial beehives.

Above, underground cafeteria.

Les Invalides / Tomb of Napoléon

Les Invalides is a landmark of Paris which houses the Musée de l’Armée, the military museum of the Army of France. Its most visible and famous feature is the Dôme des Invalides, a large church under which Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte is buried, along with other French war heroes.

Above, bronze canon near the entrance.

Above, cathedral of Saint-Louis des Invalides.

Above, orgue in the cathedral.

Above, dome of Les Invalides.

Above, entrance to the dome.

Above, ceiling of the dome.

Above, sarcophagus of Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte.

Above, tomb of Vauban.

Above, stairs to the underground crypt and Napoléon’s sarcophagus.

Above, tomb of Napoléon II, king of Rome and the son of Napoléon.

Above, the crypt highlights the accomplishments of Napoléon.

Above, tomb of Maréchal Lyautey, who fought in North Africa.

Above, SL for Saint-Louis (king Louis IX of France).

Above, view of Les Invalides from the observatory of Tour Montparnasse.