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Auteur:  toantoanha9120 [ Ven Mar 06, 2020 11:15 am ]
Sujet du message:  Top 10 things to do in Pontoise

A distant northwestern suburb of Paris, Pontoise is in the Cergy-Pontoise conurbation.
The new city of this city was built in the 1980s and became a reference for advanced urban design and architecture. The cityscape showed up in several movies in the 1980s, like Eric Rohmer’s Boyfriends and Girlfriends. And even Cergy-Pontoise can pack a punch, especially when you see Dani Karavan’s incredible Axe Majeur. In Pontoise, you can dip into the old side, where impressionist painters like Pissarro painted Oise and where there is a series of medieval tunnels under the street. And for day and night trips, Paris always takes only half an hour on the train.

1. Axe Majeur
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This gigantic monument is difficult to describe when many things are rolled into one. Ax Majeur was designed by Dani Karavan at the time when the new town of Cergy-Pontoise combined.

Beginning with a belvedere tower it’s a dramatic set of sculptures extending along a straight line more than three kilometers in length. A laser beam from the tower points out the route that descends the slope above the Oise and crosses the river.

This line passes through 12 stations, each one with a special meaning for the town: It includes the Oise riverbanks where the Impressionists painted, and a man-made island, built in the Cergy Pond on the other side of the Oise.

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