Thursday, March 7, 2013

If this is Thursday it must be postcards, 81

 Saint Clément Aqueduct and garden

The postcard above and the picture below show a view of the Saint Clément Aqueduct built in the 18th century as it was years ago and as it is today.   Today the trees reach the top level of the aqueduct or higher.  Compare with the vintage postcard and notice how small the trees are.  The second photo below shows another view.  The figure at the lower right corner provides some size perspective.

Trees near the aqueduct as they are today

Triumphal arch with water tower in the background

The vintage card above shows the triumphal arch or “Porte du Peyrou” that was built at the end of the 17th century.  Part of the aqueduct can be seen at the upper left side just in back of the water tower.  The water tower also has an arch shaped opening that balances the triumphal arch.   In the center of the park is the statue of Louise XIV.  Once again the small figures show how large the structures are. 

Three Graces fountain, Place de la Comédie

The statue of the Three Graces is a reproduction.  The original statue is now in a museum. 

Place de la Comédie

The streets to the left and right lead into the old portion or historic section of the city called the Ecusson and have medieval roots.  Modifications were made between the 16th and 18th centuries with some buildings near the Place de la Comédie dating from the 19th century. 

Thank you to my French friend who sent me these cards and photographs with addition interesting information about them.  I thought they made a nice comparison and contrast between the old and new or Vintage and Modern views.   As mentioned in pervious Thursday postcard posts about Montpellier the city dates from medieval times and is located in southern France in the region of Languedoc-Roussillon, Hérault.  It is the 8th largest city in France and is about 6 miles or 10 k inland from the Mediterranean.  The city is built on two hills and has some narrow, old, streets that give it charm and provide a more intimate feeling. 

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