Friday 13 September 2013

The Doorway of the Oceanographic Institute in Paris

In May 2011, I visited Paris for a scientific conference and chanced upon one of the most beautiful entrances to any building, ancient or modern. Here is the gateway to the French Institute of Oceanography.

A giant bronze octopus straddled the doorway to the institute. This building, known as "The Home of the Oceans," was designed in 1911 by famous French architect Henri-Paul NĂ©not. Famous artists and sculptors of the time helped decorate it.

If you ever visit Paris, make sure to see the Oceanography Institute.
It is located at 195 rue Saint-Jacques in Paris, 5th district.

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