Place de la Concorde

The giant open space of La Place de la Concorde is surrounded from all parts by main tourist attractions: the Champs-Elysees in the west, the Tuilleries Gardens in the east, the river Seine in the south, and many others. To discover them all, La Place de la Concorde is a great starting point for a walking tour. One of the greatest squares in Paris, La Place de la Concorde is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists every year, coming to admire the many historical monuments and beautiful surroundings.

The works here started in 1755, following the project of the architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel, at the orders of the then King of France, Louis XV. Initially, the plaza was named after him, but, after less than forty years, it underwent dramatic changes.

The revolutionary government was eager to wipe out any trace of the previous regime. In the process, the beautiful equestrian statue of the late King suffered severe damages.

For a couple of years, instead of the elegant promenades, the executions of the “state’s enemies” were organized daily. The guillotine stood in the middle of the square, being equally an element a terror and attraction. Not only King Louis XVI and his wife, Marie-Antoinette, found their tragic end here, but also prominent revolutionary figures, like Danton and Robespierre.

Place de la Concorde

Today, nothing in the way the plaza looks reminds of those bloody days. The Louis XV’s equestrian statue was restored to its deserved splendor. What the Parisians proudly refer to as the “country’s oldest monument”, an antique Egyptian Obelisk around 3,000 years old can also be admired here.

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