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Place des Vosges, Paris: 71 reviews and 154 photos

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In 1605 - 1612 Henri IV had this beautiful square build and called it Place Royale. The square got its new name in 1799 and was renamed after the 'Department of the Vosges', which is a part of France near the German border. Of course the renaming had a good reason; money! The Vosges was the first to pay its taxes to a particular military campaign; and I guess that that is good enough reason as any to get the honour of having a square named after it ;-)

But let?s forget all these facts about the square and get back to the here and now, and start to look around. The square, which is now a little park, is beautiful, with several fountains, symmetric paths crossing through the park from one side to the other, old trees that filter the light of the sun in a magical way, and a large statue of Louis XIII in the middle. Just sit down on one of the benches and take it all in. While looking around you probably be surprised by all the details you'll see, like the old lanterns placed around and on the square that caught my eye. They look so romantic and fit so perfectly in the atmosphere of it all.

In the photos you can see a small impression of the park.

Address: Place des Vosges
Directions: Place des Vosges
In the quarter 'Marais'
3rd and 4th Arrondissement
Métro stop: Bastille, Chemin Vert or St-Paul

Website: http://www.paris.org/Monuments/Vosges/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 12, 2006
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