Place de la Concorde in Paris

Paris It is one of those cities that you have to visit at least once in your life, and that once you do, you always promise that you will come back to discover everything that has not given you time. Among the many things you can see there is the Concord Square, one of the main public squares of the French capital and which is at the eastern end of the Champs Elysées.

This square was designed by Ange-Jacques Gabriel in 1755 to be a moat between Elysian Fields and the Tuileries Garden, and it was decorated with statues and fountains. At the beginning it was named Plaza de Luis XV as it was who reigned at that time. In the northern part there are two stone buildings that to this day continue to be excellent examples of Louis XV style architecture. One of the buildings was the Secretary of the Navy and later became the residence of the Duke of Aumont.

One of the statues was of Louis XV and it was demolished during the French Revolution, changing its name to the Plaza de la Revolución, and after several name changes, it achieved its definitive name in the 19th century. In the center of the square there is a spectacular Egyptian obelist that is decorated with hieroglyphics and that recalls the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II (the Egyptian government donated it in 1829).

The Place de la Concorde is the second largest of France, only behind the Place de Quinconces which is in Bordeaux, although in terms of fame it is undoubtedly the best known in the whole country. Next to the square there is a spectacular garden that takes you to the Champs Elysées, and from the square you can see them and the Arc de Triomphe.

◄ Place de la Concorde, Paris [HD] ► (July 2020)

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