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Offline Naslednik

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Avenue Nicholas II, Paris
« on: May 04, 2010, 02:49:16 PM »
I just found a photograph from the 1900 Paris Exposition, currently housed at the Brooklyn Museum, that calls a street in Paris the "Avenue Nicholas II."  This is the avenue between the Petit Palais and the Grand Palais, that connects the Champs Elysees with the Pont d'Alexandre III.  But currently the name of that road is the Avenue Winston Churchill.  I am assuming that it had been named in honor of Nicholas II at the time that the bridge for his father was opened.  But how interesting, and sad, if the name has been changed, however great a leader Churchill was.  Does anyone know why/when/if this important thoroughfare was re-named?  If it is true, I wonder if events of WWII have overshadowed the undeniable heroism of the Russian Army in saving Paris early on in WWI.

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Re: Avenue Nicholas II, Paris
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2010, 02:56:20 PM »
It was probably renamed because the British helped liberate France in 1944.

Still, they should have left the street name alone.  There were plenty others they could have renamed.
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Re: Avenue Nicholas II, Paris
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2010, 10:44:10 PM »
Yes...I think so...

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