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Joan of Arc c. 1412 -30 May 1431 nicknamed "The Maid of Orléans" is considered a heroine of France and a Roman Catholic saint. She was born to a peasant family, at Domrémy in north-east France. Joan said she received visions of the Archangel Michael, Saint Margaret and Saint Catherine instructing her to support Charles VII and recover France from English domination late in the Hundred Years' War. The uncrowned King Charles VII sent Joan to the siege of Orléans as part of a relief mission. She gained prominence after the siege was lifted in only nine days. Several additional swift victories led to Charles VII's coronation at Reims. This long-awaited event boosted French morale and paved the way for the final French victory.

On 23 May 1430, she was captured at Compiègne by the Burgundian faction which was allied with the English and was later put on trial by the pro-English Bishop of Beauvais Pierre Cauchon who declared her guilty she was burned at the stake on 30 May 1431, dying at about nineteen years of age.

Twenty-five years after her execution, an inquisitorial court authorized by Pope Callixtus III examined the trial, debunked the charges against her, pronounced her innocent, and declared her a martyr. Joan of Arc was beatified in 1909 and canonized in 1920. 
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The top of the Louvre Pyramid which is a large glass and metal pyramid designed by Chinese American architect I.M. Pei, in the main courtyard of the Louvre Palace in Paris
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Ahh je temn Paris! !!
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Late afternoon looking up to The Pavilon de l’Horloge which is a prominent element of the Palais du Louvre in Paris. It was built between 1624 and 1654 under King Louis XIV.
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The fountain at the Pavilion Sully at the Louvre
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Sculpture of King Louis XIV by Bernini, outside the Louvre 
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The top of the Arc de Trimphe du Carrousel is occupied by a quadriga, which is a chariot drawn by four horses abreast and rode by the allegory of Peace. 

The sculpture is a copy of the ‘Horses of St. Mark’ which are found on the main gate of the St. Mark Basilica in Venice. The original quadriga was brought to Paris by Napoleon in 1798 and given back to the Austrians who had the control of Venice. The copy was executed by sculptor François Joseph Bosio in 1828
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There are two triumphal arches in Paris and this is the smaller of the two called the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, which was built by Napoleon from 1807 to 1808 to celebrate the victory of the French imperial army in Austerlitz. The Arc du Carrousel was designed by Charles Percier and Pierre-François-Léonard Fontaine on the model of the Arch of Septimius Severus and the Arch of Constantine in Rome.
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The glass pyramids in front of the Pavillon de l’Horloge 
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Looking up through the glass pyramid at the Louvre
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A shot of the Louvre as seen though an archway
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