Dominique David  

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Paris

Think of Paris in the first half of the 19th century. The rising bourgeoisie, enriched by trade, frenetically throw themselves into estate speculation. Construction sites mushroom on the right bank, the capital's economic lungs.

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There must be something of Italy in the church of the Val de Grāce, which would fit perfectly in the heart of Rome, in the Luxembourg Palace, erected by Marie de' Medici, languishing for her home city of Florence, in the colossal Saint Sulpice, built by Servandoni (also a Florentine), and its fountain, a creation of Visconti (a Roman), of the Institut, founded by Mazarin.