Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

La Colonne de la Grande Armée Boulogne France

La Colonne de la Grande Armée, Boulogne-Sur-Mer, Boulogne

The column was erected in the 1840s and is a fifty-three metre-high monument topped with a statue of Napoleon Bonaparte. (Nelson’s column in Trafalgar Square is shorter at forty-six metres high).  It marks the base camp where Napoleon massed France’s biggest ever army of eighty thousand men ready to invade England.

It was initially intended to commemorate a successful invasion of England, but this proved to be a bit premature and as he didn’t quite manage that it now commemorates instead the first distribution of the Imperial Légion d’honneur.

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6 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

  1. Nice one! You just made it- Friday again tomorrow 🙂
    Happy Easter! Got a plan?

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  2. So, there is a monument for something that didn’t really happen. That is interesting.

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  3. Great shot! I took a very similar photograph of this when I visited in August 2013. The eagle I captured in my picture had cobwebs on it too, but I Photoshopped them out. Great to see this from another photographer’s perspective. Great stuff!
    http://timwolversonphotos.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/colonne-napoleone/

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