"The link that ties it all together" Place de la Concorde Tip by tiabunna

Place de la Concorde, Paris: 167 reviews and 321 photos

  From the fountain to the Assemblée Nationale
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  • From the fountain to the Assemblée Nationale - Paris
      From the fountain to the Assemblée Nationale
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  • From the fountain to the Madeleine - Paris
      From the fountain to the Madeleine
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  • General view of the Place de la Concorde - Paris
      General view of the Place de la Concorde
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This huge square, one of the greatest and best known in the world, has had a chequered history. The land was donated from the royal estates by Louis XV as a site to place a statue of him dressed as a Roman emperor and seated on horseback! After a design contest the square, which was begun in 1757 and completed in 1772, was called Place de Louis XV: ominously, from the start the king?s statue had placards attaced to it, condemning his shortcomings and indifference to the poor. Two major palaces were built at the southern side, one now housing the Hôtel Crillon and the other the Ministry for the Navy.

Following the Revolution, the square became the Place de la Revolution, with the guillotine replacing the statue. In the 1830s, the Obelisk of Luxor was imported from Egypt: a reasonably ?neutral? central focus which in recent years has been given the gold pyramid which now surmounts it.

The Place de la Concorde could well be considered the ?heart? of Paris, sitting at the intersection of two major axes ? from the Louvre through the Tuileries Gardens and Champs Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe, the other from the Madeleine across the Seine to the Assemblée Nationale. It is used for major parades and, at any time, is thronged with tourists and traffic.

Main photo: From the fountain to the Assemblée Nationale
Second phot: From the same fountain to the Madeleine
Third photo: general view of the Place de la Concorde: people and traffic.

Address: Metro 1, 13 : Concorde
Website: http://en.parisinfo.com/transport/90907/Place-de-la-Concorde

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  • Written Sep 26, 2006
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