Rita Crane Photography: Statue of Henri IV, Pont Neuf, Paris

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    Reposting this one for contacts who may not have seen it before, and because it's "I love Paris" week in my photo studio :0) Winter rainstorm colors are dreamy, for sure, which is why i like to travel to Paris in the winter.

    The rain that afternoon had brought wonderful color to the skies over Paris, and to this gallant statue of Henri IV. (La pluie avait apporte' de belles couleurs au ciel de Paris, et a cette statue gallante d'Henri IV. Vous pouvez lire au sujet de ce roi, un des plus respecte' de France, sur les pages de Wikipedia, l'encyclopedie sur l'internet. www.wikipedia.com ... ou l'on peut choisir la version francaise. Une partie de la version anglaise trouvee a Wikipedia suit mon introduction.)

    Henri IV is France's most loved King, a progressive monarch who encouraged religious tolerance, supported urban development - had the Pont Neuf built that connected the left and right banks of Paris - cared enough for his people to insure that all peasants and workers had a chicken in the pot on Sundays.....was intent, in other words on spreading prosperity. This is the first equestrian statue in Paris, erected originally in 1624.

    From Wikipedia: "French: Henri IV; December 13, 1553 – May 14, 1610), was the first monarch of the Bourbon dynasty in France. Henry was nicknamed Henry the Great (Henri le Grand), and in France is sometimes called le bon roi Henri ("good king Henry") or le Vert galant ("the Green gallant").......
    Henry IV proved to be a man of vision and courage. Instead of waging costly wars to suppress opposing nobles, Henry simply paid them off. As king, he adopted policies and undertook projects to improve the lives of all subjects, which made him one of the country's most popular rulers ever.

    A declaration often attributed to him is: Si Dieu me prête vie, je ferai qu’il n’y aura point de laboureur en mon royaume qui n’ait les moyens d’avoir le dimanche une poule dans son pot!
    God willing, every working man in my kingdom will have a chicken in the pot every Sunday, at the least!
    This egalitarian statement epitomizes the peace and relative prosperity Henri brought to France after decades of religious war, and demonstrates how well he understood the plight of the French worker or peasant farmer. Never before had a French ruler even considered the importance of a chicken or the burden of taxation on his subjects, nor would one again until the French Revolution.


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    1. Tully.ca 87 months ago | reply

      Just a quick note of thanks. I found this image to be perfect for a post on my blog and I have borrowed it ensuring that I have provided double credit in forms of a link directly to your profile, and a link to the image page. Your photography is fantastic, and hopefully my post will generate further traffic to your profile and collection of photography. If you feel that your image has been inappropriately used, please let me know and I will remove all references from my blog immediately. Keep up the great work, and thank you.

    2. carima maheo [deleted] 83 months ago | reply

      Bonjour, je suis l'administrateur du groupe Détails de PARIS, et nous aimerions beaucoup que vous ajoutiez ceci à notre groupe !

      invitation groupe: https://www.flickr.com/groups/Détails/PARIS/Ailleurs

    3. juanitol_ 82 months ago | reply


    4. ty777 81 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Statues of People found Around the world, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    5. xgh13x 80 months ago | reply

      wow great photo! please add it to our group, Statues of Royalty!!


    6. Ben Zárate 73 months ago | reply

      il y a l'un très semblé ici dans la ville mexico

      There is one very seemed here in mexico city

    7. londonconstant 73 months ago | reply

      a Mexico ca doit etre le petit fils de Henri IV

    8. juntos ( MOSTLY OFF) 73 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called THE DANTE CIRCLE (Admin Invite Only +10 faves), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    9. juntos ( MOSTLY OFF) 73 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Oracle of Beauty and Quality (Invite Only - 50+Fave), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    10. sandramachadoIMOVEIS 73 months ago | reply


    11. _ Reboot © __ 68 months ago | reply

      It is good to see the old green of it !

      Great sky

    12. BigGuy1611 61 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Why I Love Paris, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    13. Raùl Duke 61 months ago | reply

      Wow, love the sky.

    14. métrogirl 39 months ago | reply

      A fave place in Paris nicely captured.
      Merci mille fois chere Rita for your kind comments on my doll portraits.
      A very Happy New Year to you as well my very dear friend.

    15. Beppe Modica 37 months ago | reply

      superbo pov !!

    16. bevcraigwhite 37 months ago | reply

      super sky to set off this monument....well done indeed !

    17. 52joan~trying to catch up! 37 months ago | reply

      beautifully captured, and what a terrific sky!!!

    18. NYCandre 9 months ago | reply

      The color match is beautiful

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