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dewiki suggests that's Louis XIV (the Sun King, 1638-1715), which would fit with 1673

he... won [battles] on 60 days, something with those four rivers (extended borders?), subjugated three provinces, and granted city rights to 40 municipalities? idk it's been a while since I learned Latin

it is the Église Saint-Leu-Saint-Gilles and they are not open at the moment. ok

an inscription (which I'm not supposed to photograph) reads:
Immaculatae virgini Mariae / De qua natus est Jesus / Gloria laus et amor in secula
(worldwide glory, praise and love unto the immaculate virgin Mary from whom Jesus was born)

except –

I first read "DE QUA NATUS EST JESUS"
as "DE OVA NATUS EST JESUS"
Jesus was born from eggs 😆

(technically accurate except for the plural but I don't think egg cells had been discovered yet when they put up this inscription 😜)

security/construction perimeter around Notre Dame is wide enough that I wouldn't have missed much if I hadn't passed by here tbh

(I suppose that's not exactly a bad thing though)

pretty sure I uploaded some photos from very similar angles to Commons several years ago, so maybe I'll upload this later for comparison?

I can't figure out the full translation (something give oneself the crown, something equally divide twice six hours) so I'll just wilfully misinterpret this as the bi sex machine on the Conciergerie

I once took a tour of Paris that started and ended here but I don't exactly remember when or with whom ^^

apparently Napoleon is buried in this monstrosity?! rather than being thrown unceremoniously into the Seine in the middle of the night or something like that

(after seeing "Napoleon's tomb" on the map I wanted to troll a bit like "France is on its *fifth* republic and still hasn't torn down or repurposed this thing smdh" but apparently he's not the only one buried there so ugh fine I guess. still surprised he gets to rest here though)

Douglas Adams had a nice description of a Golgafrinchan bathtub that I've always loved but can't quite remember, something like:

An intestinal jumble of piping had been delicately picked out in gold leaf, rather than being discreetly buried at midnight in an unmarked grave.

anyway – look, I made it to the Eiffel tower! which was my destination (though only in a very loose way)

also took a goofy selfie (hey at least I didn't do any obnoxious Pisa-style stunts)

don't want to wait for half an hour to buy tickets so I'll just stay down here. still nice

@LucasWerkmeister I went up it once in the 90s

imho Paris is not the best city for an aerial view because there's only the one tall building ;)

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