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"The oldest square in Paris" Place des Vosges Tip by Jefie

Place des Vosges, Paris: 69 reviews and 146 photos

  Places des Voges, in Le Marais
by Jefie

Place des Vosges is the oldest and one of the nicest squares in Paris. It was built at the beginning of the 17th century, and with its 36 symmetrical red brick pavilions (9 on each side), it became the quintessential architectural model for European squares. Its original name was "Place Royale", since it was built under King Henri IV, but it was changed to Place des Vosges after the Revolution. It was the site of numerous jousting tournaments, until the gardens were added in 1680. Nowadays, Place des Vosges is a great spot to rest up your feet after a long walk, before going in to visit the house of one of its most famous residents, French writer Victor Hugo (Les Miserables, Notre-Dame de Paris), who lived at No. 6 Place des Vosges for 16 years.

Address: Place des Vosges
Directions: Le Marais area, metro Bastille.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 5, 2007
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