"Place des Vosges" Place des Vosges Tip by kenyneo

Place des Vosges, Paris: 71 reviews and 154 photos


A little about this place

Paris' original attempt at urban planning, the Place des Vosges is now its oldest square. The square symmetry of the square, with its ground floor arcade, consists of 39 (some say 36) houses - each made of red brick with stone facings. Its construction was under Henri IV from 1605 - 1612. The site was originally occupied by the Hôtel des Tournelles.
The project was probably designed by Baptiste du Cerceau, and originally named the Place Royale. The king's and queens pavillions were the center south and north gateways respectively. The square acquired its present name in 1799 when the Department of the Vosges (near the southwestern German border) was the first to pay its taxes associated with particular military campaigns of that time.

The luxury of backpacking

I guess the luxury of backpacking compared to following a tour is that you can lay on the garden inthe middle of Place Des Vosges for the whole afternoon just like me and my freind. We lied there, chit chatting, looking at the Parisians and enjoy the wonderful ambiance Paris's oldest square ....

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  • Updated Nov 16, 2004
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