Friday, October 8, 2010

In the Round

Little did I know but you're not supposed to take pictures inside La Bourse de Commerce.  Fortunately for me, no one insisted that I delete this shot.  Although the building  is open to the public, it's not really a tourist site.  That being said, if you're in the neighborhood (due north from the rue de Rivoli on the rue du Louvre in the 1st arrondissement), go inside and take a peek.  The ceiling is covered with a spectacular 19th century fresco depicting global commerce; the images are just so classically European centric that it's kind of a hoot even though it was clearly meant to be monumental and serious.


Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Lovely shot and now I will not feel compelled to sneak one. I have walked right past this building but never thought to enter. Now I will -- to see the fresco and glass-domed ceiling.

Bon weekend!

Philippa said...

Reminds me of the time my husband and I wandered into the Bourse and wandered out the wrong door. We set off an alarm. Fortunately, this was before 2001, or perhaps we might have been arrested. At the time, a few people simply raised their eyebrows at us. Even then, we thought the security was a trifle casual

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