I had been seeing posters in the metro advertising an exhibit at the Grand Palais of giant reliefs used since King Louis XIV until the late 1800’s so it was very clear about the layout of land and villages for defense-a three dimentional representation of domain. It was really interesting and I’m glad I got there before it closed as it ends this Sunday.
I was amazed at the detail. Every house in each village was there as was every tree and field. A sign said that this particular relief had over 125,000 tree models of about ten different kinds of trees. It was important to know the landscape when building defense systems. Once man could fly and maps could be made these were no longer needed.