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KTGP
Adelaide, Australia5,904 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
Place Royale is a large open square, framed by some lovely architecture and a centrally placed monument. Many buildings with balustrades on the roof and arcades running along their façade. Place Royale wouldn’t look out of place if it was in a posh part of Paris, with the buildings occupied by designer companies, selling exclusive merchandise. There isn’t much other than the square itself to entice a tourist, just a handful of shops and can’t recall any restaurants.

The square built in 1757 to honour King Louis XV, covers part of the Roman Forum. It was meant to be named Place Louis XV, since he coughed up a portion of the money for building but it never eventuated. It did however, have other names including, Place de la Ville, Place Nationale, Place de la Liberté, Place du Peuple, Place Nationale, Place Impériale, Place Nationale (again) and finally Place Royale in 1852. Not a bad effort for an area, which had only been built 100 years beforehand. The last building was constructed in 1910. Place Royale has been listed as a French National Monument since 1952.

A statue of Louis XV dressed as a Roman Emperor stands in the centre, created by Pierre Cartellier and inaugurated in 1819. This statue was a replacement of an earlier Louis XV statue, by Jean-Baptiste Pigalle created 1765, which was melted down to make canons in 1792, during the French Revolution. The male and female beneath the statue of Louis XV were also sculpted by Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, as part of the original monument. The female holding the lions mane is titled, “La Loi dominant la Force”/”The law governs the strength”. The male seated on bags of merchandise, is titled, “Le Citoyen, ou Le Commerce”/”Citizen or Trade”, the figure is actually of Pigalle himself. The coat of arms with the three fleur-de-lis belong to France, while the other is the coat of arms of Reims.

The tympanum of Hôtel des Fermes built 1761, depicts the trade of Reims.

Worth a quick look, if time permits.
Written August 7, 2018
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Chantal R
Leuven, Belgium372 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Reims isn't the most picturesque French town as a whole but it has a number of interesting sights, and apart from the two cathedrals and the town hall, this square is one of those sights. It's the original city centre of the Roman town (crossing of cardo and decumanus) but now it's a nice classicist city square in a typically French style.
Written August 15, 2019
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bLiselotte
Palatine, IL602 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Family
This square is filled with lots of history if you have the time to spend learning about it. However it is a great square to walk through. At midday it is sunny and you can really see the great architecture. The Statue of one of the Louis is fantastic. Take the 10 minutes to walk through and absorb the ambience.
Written August 21, 2018
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