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Place de la Concorde

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Place de la Concorde

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Place de la Concorde, 75008 Paris France
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ConcordeParis Metro2 min
Champs-Élysées – ClemenceauParis Metro8 min
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Vadim wrote a review Sep 2020
Murmansk, Russia17,560 contributions2,029 helpful votes
Place de La Concorde is perhaps the most spacious square in Paris. Unlike other squares in the city, it is bounded by buildings only to the North. Louis XV architect Jacques-ane Gabriel deliberately opened the view of the Seine, the Tuileries Park and the Champs-Elysees. Parisians who came to the opening in 1763 saw on the square not a long pencil obelisk, but a statue of Louis XV. However, the subsequent history of the square was tragic. On may 30, 1770, Parisians celebrated the second (first by proxy) marriage of the grandson of Louis XV with the Austrian Princess Marie Antoinette. Many people gathered as the Treasury paid for music, fireworks, wine, bread and meat. The celebration ended with a terrible stampede and the death of 139 Parisians. A century later, the same thing will happen to the Russian Emperor Nicholas II on the Khodynka field. As you know, he shared the fate of Louis XVI. Concorde it was too late. With the guillotine. The guillotine moved here to the place de La revolution from the famous place de Greve (now the place Hotel de Ville) in 1792 to mark the 30th anniversary of the square with the execution of Louis XVI. However, deprived of Royal privileges, he was called by that time citizen Louis Capet. His hapless wife followed him six months later in October 1793 here. However, the accusers Danton, Hebert, Chaumette and Robespierre were beheaded here. After all, the guillotine, a Scottish invention, was applied to all citizens without exception, which emphasized their equality before the law. The directory removed the guillotine from the square and renamed it the place de La Concorde. Artist David proposed to install a Statue of "Horses of Marley" on the side of the Champs-Elysees. However, the main changes occurred almost half a century later under Louis-Philippe in 1836. The main landmark of the square is the 23-meter Luxor obelisk of Ramses II. Installing the 230-ton gift of the Governor of Egypt, Mehmet Ali, was a non-trivial task. Allegorical statues of the 8 main cities of France (Marseille, Lyon, Bordeaux, Brest, Nantes, Lille, Rouen and Strasbourg) emphasize regional unity. Paris and Toulouse are forgotten. Interestingly, the statue of Strasbourg was draped from 1871 to 1918, when the capital of Alsace was occupied as a result of the disastrous Franco-Prussian war of 1870.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Dimitris L wrote a review Sep 2020
Sydney, Australia14,944 contributions55,235 helpful votes
Place de la Concorde is a large public square. It is a central area and an attractive one as well. There are several monuments and it is a place to walk around or just stand or sit or meet up with people. There are a couple of beautiful fountains and the Egyptian obelisk which add more beauty to the square. On the one side are the Tuileries Gardens and the Arc de Triomphe at the other end of the Champs Elysees. And of course there are many more sights besides these.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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fiamma11 wrote a review Jul 2020
Vienna, Virginia3,000 contributions820 helpful votes
A major Parisian square between the Champs-Elysees and the Tuileries Garden, this is a beauty. Decorated with statues and fountains, it was designed as a moat surrounded octagon. Not to be missed when in Paris.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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BackPacker800547 wrote a review Jul 2020
Bilston, United Kingdom506 contributions101 helpful votes
And thsts it really. Cool Egyptian obelisk, some lovely fountains but essentially a square between two places
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Date of experience: July 2020
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ubbabe wrote a review Jul 2020
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Stunning views of the best of Paris - one of the best places for photos. While Hotel de Crillon is still not open (due to open at the end of August), there is an old-fashioned Hotel de Crillon ice-cream truck where you can grab an ice-cream cone (although at €8/scoop - a bit steep).
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Date of experience: July 2020
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