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Statue du David (La), Marseille

Statue du David (La) - Marseille, France
Statue du David (La)
Promenade Georges-Pompidou, Marseille, France 13008Map
+33 491 13 8900
Neighborhood: 8th arrondissement
Overview

At the roundabout on Prado Beach, where Avenue du Prado and Promenade Georges Pompidou meet, stands an imposing statue around 5m tall. It is a copy of Michelangelo's famous "David" in Carrara marble, and was presented to the city by marble sculptor Jules Cantini in 1903. Created between 1501 and 1504, "David" was the largest marble scuplture created since Antiquity. It was placed at the entrance of the Palazzo Vecchio and came to symbolise Florence's supremacy over the rest of the world. It is impossible not to admire the statue of the young shepherd and slayer of Goliath, with his large, expressive hands, his sling at his side, and a body which combines great beauty, grace and athleticism.

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