Our journey begins at the end of the gallery. We are between the park and the neo-Byzantine style columns, between nature and architecture, between rurality and urbanism. We take the time to look at everything. The blue cameos of the columns soothe us, the green makes us want to lie down and simply admire the gallery.
The further we go, the more the romantic charms of this gallery make us fall in love. At its center, the Rotunda makes an impact, and causes us to fall in love at first sight. The Statue of the Verseuses, which represents two women pouring water, seems to soar towards the sky. We look up to admire the equally splendid copper dome that protects these graceful women from the whims of the sky.
The Verseuses statue has in fact become an emblem of the city, as sculptor Guillaume Roche has taken up this sculpture to adorn the eponymous traffic circle on Avenue Division Leclerc, at the entrance to the city.