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Rue de Rivoli
The Rue de Rivoli is one of the most prominent commercial streets in Paris that runs parallel to Tuileries Gardens and the Louvre museum. The street is renown for shops which carry the most fashionable name brands in the world. The ‘Rue de Rivoli’ name is connected to Napoleon’s 18th-century victory over the Austrian army in the battle of Rivoli.
A section of Rue de Rivoli, east of Place de la Concorde, was extended later by King Charles X and King Louis-Philippe. The final extension of the street, to the Marais quarter, was made by Emperor Napoleon III. Today, the straight, 2-kilometre street, is congested A section of Rue de Rivoli, east of Place de la Concorde, was extended later by King Charles X and King Louis-Philippe. The final extension of the street, to the Marais quarter, was made by Emperor Napoleon III. Today, the straight, 2km street, is congested especially with motorcyclists in the early morning hours. especially with motorcyclists in the early morning hours.

The Rue de Rivoli is a mix of traditionalism, with its monuments and squares, and modernism, with its contemporary designed buildings. Each house lined along the street have identical facades, leaving the impression of an endless row of houses. There are a great number of souvenir shops along the street, as well as many cultural and historical sites.

North of Rue de Rivoli joins the Grands Boulevards to an enormous square, where the Opera Garnier was built, a monument dedicated to the Second Empire. Among other large department stores, the Galeries Lafayette and Printemps stand behind the opera house.

On the east part of the street, at the Place des Pyramides, is the statue of Joan of Arc, in vicinity where the heroine was actually wounded in her unsuccessful attack at the Saint- Honoré Gate. Along the Place de la Concorde, the rue de Castiglione leads to the Place Vendôme, where the 44m-high Trajanesque Vendôme Column of 1810 stands, bearing the effigy of Napoleon, with its surrounding 1,200 cannons.

The tourist-type sidewalk that runs along the Rue de Rivoli is an attraction itself, especially near the Carrousel du Louvre, with mostly vendors of T-shirts, trinkets, clothing and cheaper art objects.
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