Sunday, October 02, 2011

La monstruosité

One of my readers referred to this tower as a monstrosity. Everyone is entitled to his opinion, of course. I know I'm in the minority. I like the Tour Montparnasse. And this is one of my favorite views of it: looking up the rue de Rennes directly toward the tower.

What a beautiful view! Click to Montparnassify.

I know it's not everyone's cup of tea. But I've never known Paris without this tower. It's part of the cityscape. It's hard for me to imagine Paris without it.


  1. I remember it being built. There were supposed to be more skyscrapers in the neighborhood, but the public outcry was so strong, they stopped at one. It's so lonely. The view from the top is incredible. The Eiffel Tower looks tiny. Everything looks tiny! The weather these days make good views from there. Clear skies, no smog.

  2. I like it too especially because it is the only one in the center of the city. And it must remain this way.

    I can't stand big modern cities like New York, Chicago or even Montreal, my home town. Too many skyscrapers.


  3. Happy to join your minority. I like it too, and 1st saw it from the rue de Rennes.

  4. I don't understand why people who hate cities and skyscrapers, live in cities.

  5. I like it. I mean, yeah, it's kind of a jolt, but I like it and it's juxtaposition with the rest of the cityscape. :)

  6. ellen, I'd love to go up a dusk, something I've never done.

    jon, I used to want to live in the middle of a big modern city, in a skyscraper. But I got over that.

    n&a, there are more of us than I thought!

    starman, I'll never forget the mayor of the last city I lived in telling a woman (who was complaining about a high-rise residential development going in) at a public meeting: Madame, you live in a city.

    jp, I agree.

  7. Sorry, but having known the city before there were ANY skyscrapers, I wish there were none. There are plenty of other towns with that sort of verticality, but only one Paris.


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