Place du Général-de-Gaulle
Ajaccio 1769 - St. Helena 1821
French military and political leader during the latter stages of the French Revolution. As Napoleon I, he was Emperor of the French from 1804 to 1815.
Bronze equestrian statue on a large pedestal. On the front side of the pedestal a red granite plaque in bronze frame surmounted by Napoleon's coat of arms, with the text:
Under this plaque, in bronze:
la ville de rouen
de la seine inferieure
On the long sides of the pedestal are red granite plaques with texts (right: empire français, code napoleon) and (left: concordat, legion d'honneur) in bronze cartouches connected with guirlandes and with a N in the center. On the back side of the pedestal is a bronze relief, under the coat of arms of the city of Rouen. The relief is titled:
le bronze de ce monument
provient de canons conquis a austerlitz
LE PREMIER CONSUL
visite les manufactures du faubourg s. sever
et recompense le plus ancien ouvrier
de l'industrie rouennaise
2 novembre 1802
Signed (the relief): vital-dubray 1865
Napoleon came to Rouen in 1802 to visit some textile factory. With his help, these factorys have been developed. He also built the Corneille bridge, and two streets (Lafayette Street and Republique Street). In 1853, this statue was built with the bronze of cannons gained at the battle of Austerlitz.
- Gabriel-Vital Dubray (Paris 1813 - Paris 1892),
Sources & Information
- Kees van Tilburg, From Marcus Aurelius to Kim Jong-il: The story of equestrian statues throughout the ages (Amstelveen, 2017). – see also the Equestrian statue website.
Location (N 49°26'36" - E 1°5'56")
Item Code: frhn019; Photograph: 28 August 2011
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