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Place de la Concorde

11 May, 2009

The Gorgeous Place de la Concorde

Place de la Concorde

The Place de la Concorde situated in the heart of Paris at the banks of the River Seine is the biggest Plaza in Paris. It separates the Champs Elysees from the famous Tuilerie Gardens, located at the 8th district of the French Capital and it occupies 8 hectares.

The construction of the Plaza begun back in 1754 by Jacques Ange Gabriel and was completed nine years later. The King Louis XV had ordered its construction, so as to celebrate his recovery from a very serious illness. The secondary purpose of the plaza was to show the people of France and the world that their King was invincible; therefore an equestrian statue of Louis was placed at the plaza.

The Place de la Concorde was octagonal at the beginning, but later constructions changed its original appearance. It was supposed to serve as an intersection and a gift for the city; the statue of the king on the other hand was supposed to mark this intersection of the two main attractions of Paris: the Champs Elysees and the Gardens which are aligned if you look from the right angle. The Plaza is still considered to be one of the most important architectural achievements in France and in Europe and can be found in every travel guide.

Today, the Place de la Concorde is among the major tourist attractions of the French Capital city. It maintains the same characteristics of the original one, despite the change in the shape. Today, though, the statue of the King is not there. It was removed during the Years of the French Revolution and today the Obelisk of Luxor stands at its place. The obelisk was given by Mohamed Ali to Louis Philippe and is a gigantic construction of 22.84meters and 230 tons of weight. In 1846 the Fontaine des Mers was placed at the Place de la Concorde.

Place de la Concorde

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