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Place des Vosges

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Place des Vosges

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Place des Vosges 4th Arrondissement, 75004 Paris France
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See more of Paris via an open-top, double-decker bus and put aside worries about navigating the streets or using public transportation. With multiple routes, this bus tour makes it easy to hop on and off near main Paris attractions, plus hear audio commentary or listen to a live guide on the city’s history, monuments, and museums. Plan your own itinerary with 1- or 2-day options and move at the pace you set.
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TinyTimmy T wrote a review Sep 2020
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Personally I think it is the most beautiful square of Paris. Well maintained and the area around it gives you opportunities to grab a bite to eat as well.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Dimitris L wrote a review Sep 2020
Sydney, Australia14,902 contributions55,178 helpful votes
We walked through this lovely park but did not stay long. It is a square, literally, and has some beautiful lawns and greenery. It is probably perfect for some quiet and relaxing time. Worth visiting if you have time to spare.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Thomas V wrote a review Jul 2020
Oakland, California9,836 contributions1,660 helpful votes
We come back to this huge square every time we are in Paris as it is so spectacular. An example of early city planning, created to make an open place for the nobility to live with uniform townhouses. It has always been a big success, just ask Victor Hugo, whose museum is on one corner. Lots of people sit on the grass and enjoy the experience.
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Date of experience: October 2019
Vadim wrote a review May 2020
Murmansk, Russia17,560 contributions2,029 helpful votes
The most beautiful square in Paris has a strange name after the mountain Department of Eastern France. The Vosges were the first to pay the war tax and send volunteers to protect the French revolution from foreign invaders. and in their honor, they renamed the Royal square-the oldest in Paris. The square was created on the site of the Tournelle Palace near which a significant event took place. King Henry II of Valois was mortally wounded here by the Scot Montgomery at a jousting tournament. Rivals fought for safety with wooden spears without tips. However, the spear slipped and a splinter entered the eye of the king, who died 10 days later in terrible agony. Henry's wife, the famous Catherine de ' Medici, one of the ideologists of the massacre of the Huguenots on St. Bartholomew's night, ordered the Palace to be demolished in a rage, making room for the future square. nd 30 years later, the throne was vacated after the successive deaths of three Medici sons. The Huguenot king Henry IV, who ascended to the throne, initiated the construction of this harmonious square. He found the construction of the king's Pavilion in 1608, but was killed 2 years later by Ravagliac. The place des Vosges was finished after his death. It is almost square with 140-meter sides. All 36 houses except the king and Queen pavilions are identical, which gives harmony. By the way, only these two buildings remain from the time of Henry. Almost all the buildings are now occupied by expensive hotels. However, many of the houses on this square have a history. Writer Georges Simenon and actress Anna Girardot lived here. Victor Hugo lived in the house number 6, and Alphonse Daudet in the house number 8. Alexandre Dumas settled here milady of the "Three Musketeers". Another character in the novel, cardinal Richelieu, lived in reality in the mansion No. 21. in 1639, the devout Catholic Richelieu ordered the statue of Henry IV to be melted down into an equestrian sculpture of his Catholic son, Louis XIII, which was later melted down into cannons by order of Robespierre. After the restoration of the monarchy, a copy of the statue of Louis XIII, which had no relation to the square, was installed again. Now Place des Vosges is a place where you can take a breath from exploring Paris. Take off your shoes and walk on the grass with your bare feet. The main thing is not to step on anyone, because the same idea to visit with you more than one hundred tourists, and maybe Parisians.
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Date of experience: June 2019
Scotlandmac wrote a review Mar 2020
Glasgow, United Kingdom9,162 contributions665 helpful votes
Lovely architecture, looks different again to other Paris squares/'places' - busy and I've always found the colonnaded walkway a bit dark.But very handsome overall, as so much of Paris is.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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