What is the Champs Elysees famous for?
The Champs-Élysées is a cultural hotspot, boasting cinemas, theatres, exhibition venues … take your pick! Theatre lovers can head to the famous Théâtre du Rond-Point, which puts on contemporary plays; the Théâtre Marigny, the Espace Pierre Cardin or the nearby Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.
What does Champs Elysee mean in English?
“Champs-Élysées” is French for “Elysian Fields,” a paradise in Greek mythology.
Why was the Champs-Élysées built?
The Champs-Élysées was originally commissioned to be built by Louis XIV, while Napoleon ordered the construction of the avenue’s famed Arc de Triomphe when his armies conquered Europe. When the Champs-Élysées was first designed, it consisted of open fields on what was the outskirts of Paris.
Who built the Champs Elysees?
Louis XIV commissioned Le Nôtre to extend and transform the “Grand Cours” as it was known into the “Avenue des Tuilleries”. Over the years, this corridor of trees which was part of the Tuileries Gardens grew and in the early 18th Century (1709) it was given the name “Avenues des Champs-Elysées”.
What are the trees on the Champs Elysee?
The Champs Elysees originally consisted of market gardens, fields and swamplands on the outskirts of Paris. In 1616, Marie de Medici, a queen consort of France, decided to extend the garden axis of the Palais des Tuileries (a royal palace in Paris) with an avenue of horse-chestnut trees.
How do you pronounce Champs de Elysee?
In French, the correct pronunciation of Champs-Élysées is Shohnz-Eh-lee-zeh. The “Ch” in Champs is pronounced as “Sh” in English. The second part of Champs, -amps, is pronounced with a shortened and nasal sound that doesn’t sound like the letters “m” and “p”.
Why is it called Champs Elysee?
The origins of the Champs-Élysées can be traced to 1640 when space was cleared to plant a line of trees, which would later become an avenue. The name translates to “Elysian Fields” from the Greek mythology, meaning resting place of Greek gods and dead heroes, similar to the Christian paradise.
What trees line the Champs Elysee?
The Champs-Élysées’ name is French for the mythical Greek paradise, the Elysian Fields. It was originally a mixture of swamp and kitchen gardens. André Le Nôtre, Louis XIV the Sun King’s gardener, first designed the wide promenade lined with a double row of elm trees on each side, called the Grand Cours.
What trees line Paris streets?
These Trees are Horse Chestnuts, and they line both sides of the street and go as far as the eye can see. Along the Seine, the Horse Chestnut is allowed the luxury of uninhibited growth, and this tree fulfills the promise of unabated beauty along the water! The dark branches in contrast to the leaves is stunning.
How do you say Charles de Gaulle?
Break ‘Charles de Gaulle’ down into sounds: [SHAAL] + [DUH] + [GAWL] – say it out loud and exaggerate the sounds until you can consistently produce them.