Surrounded by shady arcades that shelter beautiful boutiques, this square, situated in the heart of the Marais, is one of ... More
Place des Vosges
Surrounded by shady arcades that shelter beautiful boutiques, this square, situated in the heart of the Marais, is one of Paris' focal sights. The square is perfectly symmetrical, measuring 140 meters (459 feet) by 127 meters (416 feet). Stone and brick houses, whose almost identical façades are all crowned by steep slate roofs, border its quasi-rectangular shape. Designed by Henri IV, it used to be the favored sight for duels. Famous people also lived in the area, including the Cardinal de Richelieu and the writer Victor Hugo.
If old architecture and life-styles of the rich & famous interest you...this is the place. A MUST SEE...plan on 1/2 day at least...and try to read about this magical part of Paris before you visit. Located in the Marais, way off the beaten path...not a "tourist spot" in any way. It is so beautifully awesome one doesn't want to leave...knowing that carriages entered through the arcade facades...each one leading into an open courtyard...and inside, one of the most beautiful homes you can imagine. A perfect "square" containing 36 private residences...each one the ultimate in design for the period...and even until today. Oh, to find such a place in today's world. Impossible!
Place des Vosges is my absolute favorite place in all of Paris. It is an elegant square with symetrically perfect buildings from the 17th century. In the center is a part with neatly clipped grass, gravel paths, wrought iron park benches, and gas lanterns.
Madame de Sevigne, the famous letter writer of the court of the Sun King, once lived in Place des Vosges. Her home is now the Musee Carnavalet. By the way, if you have the time, be sure to visit that museum. It offers, in my opinion, as rich as an experience as the Louvre, with sumptuously decorated period correct rooms and amazing artwork of Paris through the centuries.
There is a great brasserie located on the northeast corner of the Place. We sat at a cozy table, eating roasted chicken, au gratin potatoes, and sipping wine. Delicious.
In Place des Vosges, one can sit on a park bench, wiggle their feet in the sandbox, munch on a croissant, and forget that they are in a bustling, cosmopolitan city. They can walk the square and easily imagine what life would have been like during earlier centuries, when carriages and not cars traveled the cobblestone streets, when Victor Hugo toiled away creating his classic novels (by the way, his home, too, is located near Place des Vosges).
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