"Place de la Concorde" Place de la Concorde Tip by sim1

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

  Place de la Concorde
by sim1

Besides the obelisk, you can also see two beautiful fountains in the middle of the square. The square dates back to 1755 and was designed by Ange-Jacques Gabriel and has had a rather turbulent past. The square wasn't called Place de la Concorde as we know it nowadays, but Place Louis XV, after the king. During the French Revolution (1789?1799) the square was renamed again and it is now known as the "Place de la Révolution". And that name might ring a bell to many of you, as that is the square were many famous people like King Louis XVI, Marie-Antionette and Robespierre were beheaded. After the revolution the square was renamed several times and in 1830 it finally got its current name 'Place de la Concorde'.

In 1836 Jacob Ignaz Hittorf redesigned the Place de la Concorde. And he is the one that added and designed these bronze fountains that I like so much to the square. One is called 'La fontaine des Mers' and the other one 'Elevation of the Maritime'. It's so much fun to watch these fountains, especially when they are working. And that felt like something of a lottery, because one moment the water was flowing gladly over the statues, into the water basin, and the next it was all quiet again. So be quick with your camera if you see the fountains working! The show might be over again before you know it.

Address: Place de la Concorde
Directions: 8th arrondissement
In between the Tuileries and the Champs-Elysées.
Métro stop: Concorde

Website: http://en.parisinfo.com/transport/90907/Place-de-la-Concorde

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 19, 2006
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