Originally known as place Louis-XV, this square was created between 1755 and 1775 by the architect, Gabriel. Renamed Place de ... More
Place de la Concorde
Originally known as place Louis-XV, this square was created between 1755 and 1775 by the architect, Gabriel. Renamed Place de la Revolution in 1792, a guillotine was installed and 2800 executions took place including that of King Louis XVI. Louis-Philippe christened it Place de la Concorde in 1830. The Luxor Obelisk, a gift from the Viceroy of Egypt to King Charles X of France, has been standing in the center of the square since 1840. The eight statues representing France's largest cities and the two fountains were also added at this time. The square is home to one of Paris' most prestigious hotels, the Hôtel de Crillon.
When you drive around the monument, you wish you could get a good look at it, but you have to keep your eyes on the road at the same time. The atmosphere is pretty bad with all the cars driving around it but it was worth the moment of history. Oh ya, it free too.
The breathtaking fountains here are the center of the fantasy scene of the Gene Kelly masterpiece, An American in Paris. If you are a lover of great American musical films, you must visit. More importantly, the fountains have been renovated, and the sculptures and fountains are breathtaking. At dusk, if you stand in La Place de la Concorde and look up the Champs Elysse, you can see the Arch of Triumph dimly lit in the distance, and to the left, the Eiffel Tower rising from the Siene. The surrounding sculptures are also magnificent. Finding someone to take a picture for you is not a problem - we found several other Americans couples willing to accomodate! This location is also centrally located to at least a handful of other great historic sites. Standing here gives one a feeling of being at the hub of Parisean history.
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