Into An­tiq­uity

Where Paris - - Arts & Attraction | Exhibitions -

An aes­thetic and an­cient world filled with sculp­tures of mil­len­nia, ob­jects of An­tiq­uity and cer­e­mo­nial jew­ellery

awaits in­side the walls of the Ga­lerie Sa­mar­cande. For the past 40 years this Left Bank gallery has been de­voted to the quest of ob­jects from clas­si­cal ar­chae­ol­ogy in­clud­ing Ro­man, Greek and Egyptian art. Founded by the art mer­chant and col­lec­tor Joseph Uzan, to­day it is his daugh­ter Sab­rina Uzan-Kaminski who is at the helm of the gallery, which is host­ing a show en­ti­tled Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal Ob­jects, in the Fem­i­nine, de­voted to women and the daily life of women in An­tiq­uity. Among

the rare pieces on dis­play are por­tray­als of fe­male di­vini­ties, cloth­ing, protective amulets and even cooking uten­sils. A stat­uette of a Greco-Etr­uscan dancer from the 5th cen­tury BC is as­tound­ingly de­tailed while a statue of the mother god­dess on horse­back from the Quetta Val­ley in Baluchis­tan has sur­vived for thou­sands of years. A “mod­ern” piece in the show is a lux­u­ri­ous cer­e­mo­nial

neck­lace from 19th cen­tury Morocco.

The tri­umphal arch com­mis­sioned by Napoleon and fin­ished in 1836 stands in the cen­tre of the Place Charles de Gaulle and boasts a fab­u­lous view of the Champs-Elysées and in­cludes the tomb of the Un­known Sol­dier. Visit the in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibit on the his­tory sur­round­ing the Arch. Open daily 10am-10:30pm, times may vary, last ad­mis­sion 45 min­utes be­fore closing, Adults 9.50€, Chil­dren un­der 18 and EU cit­i­zens un­der 26: Free. Place Charles de Gaulle (8th), M° Charles- de-Gaulle-Etoile Built as a tem­po­rary ex­hibit for the 1889 World’s Fair, the iron struc­ture now sym­bol­ises Paris the world over. The tower sparkles with twin­kling lights ev­ery hour on the hour from twi­light to 2am. From Jun 15 through Sept 1 9am-12:45am (stairs and lifts, last ad­mis­sion stairs, last lift mid­night). From Sept 2 through Jun 14 lift open daily 9:30am-11:45pm, From Sept 2 through Jun 14 stairs open daily 9:30am-6:30pm. Last en­tries 45 min­utes be­fore closing. En­try fee (5-15.50€ for adults) de­pends on how high you go. There is a glass floor on the first floor 57 me­tres above Paris and a cham­pagne bar is on the top of the tower, open from noon to 10pm. www.tour- eif­ Ave Gus­tave Eif­fel (7th), M° Tro­cadéro Con­structed be­tween 1163 and 1345, it is a Gothic master­piece. Free guided tours in English Wed and Thurs at 2pm & Sat at 2:30pm. Through Dec 31 Paris dis­paru, Paris resti­tué, looks at the his­tory of Paris through the ves­tiges from Lutèce to the 19th cen­tury (in the crypt). Ex­pe­ri­ence Quasi­modo’s view of Paris from the tow­ers Jul-Aug 10am-5:45pm week­days, 10am-10:15pm Sat-Sun; Apr 1-Sep 30: 10am-5:45pm; Oct 1-Mar 31: 10am-4:45pm. 8.50€. 6 Parvis Notre- Dame (4th), M° Cité A me­dieval royal res­i­dence with Gothic halls, used as a pri­son in the Revo­lu­tion. Daily 9:30 am-6pm, times may vary, last tick­ets, 30 min­utes be­fore closing time. Adults 8.50€, Chil­dren un­der 18 and EU cit­i­zens un­der 26, free. 2 blvd du Palais (1st), 01 53 40 60 97. M° Cité De­signed by ar­chi­tect Charles Garnier, and a bril­liant ex­am­ple of Sec­ond Em­pire ar­chi­tec­ture. Daily vis­its on your own,10am-4:30pm (adults 10€, stu­dents and un­der 25, 6€) in­for­ma­tion:

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