"Concord square" Place de la Concorde Tip by mindcrime
Place de la Concorde, Paris: 167 reviews and 321 photos
Place De La Concorde is the largest square of the city. Here the guilotine was set for the execution of Louis XVI, Maria Antoinette and almost 3000 other people in period 1793-1795. In our days you will hardly smell the blood around although with so many cars around there a car accident is always possible? :)
The famous monument in the square is the big Ovelisque which actually a copy of the real one in Egypt (town of Theve, now known as Luxor).
There are also 8 statues that symbol the main cities of France(Bordeaux, Brest, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Rouen, Strasbourg) at the corners of the square. What more you can do here? You can see the statue of Louis XV (erected in 1763 after a serious illness that didn?t kill him) and of course the Ferris Wheel, a lot of tourists like it but my opinion is that it doesn?t fits with the area between the Louvre and the Obelisque. It?s 60m high was supposed to stay there for a year after the millennium celebrations but in January 2011 was still there?
Place de la Concorde is near of Tuileries Garden that is nice for a small walk until the entrance of the Louvre
Address: city center
Directions: at the bottom of Champs Elysees.
Nearest metro station is Concorde (lines 1, 8, 12)
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