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Paris’ historical axis
Paris’ historical axis begins with the statue of Louis XIV in the Napoleon courtyard of the Louvre, crosses the Tuileries Gardens, goes up the Champs-Elysées to pass under the Arc de Triomphe and ends at the Grande Arche de La Défense. This 8 km long straight line reflects the fascination of monarchical (Henri IV, Louis XIV), imperial (Napoleon I and Napoleon III) and republican (Charles de Gaulle, François Mitterrand) powers with architecture. The Grande Arche is offset by 6.30 degrees from the historical axis, to avoid the railway lines that pass under its foundations, and to reproduce the slight offset of the Louvre Palace.
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