Place de la Concorde, Paris
On Place de la Concorde you will discover what is the essence of the monumental architecture of the most beautiful city in the world.
Go there in the evening; the traffic has decreased so that you will arrive healthy at the foot of the up lighted Obelisk. She is not alone to stand out against the sky, somewhat further stands the Tour Eiffel, the Arch du Triomphe; closer to the South the National Assembly and to the North the Hotel Crillon and the church of the Madeleine.
In the shade of the Tuileries' gardens the outlines of Le Louvre are guessed.
What a marvel the incomparable perspectives of Paris!
Furthermore there is nothing as nice on a warm summer night as to refresh near the Fountain of the Seas or the Fountain of the Rivers with their monumental statues.
They are very spectacular with coloured lights and the water running at a high rate of flow.
The Place de la Concorde was less romantic in 1793 when the guillotine stood here; she was called Place de la Révolution. More than 1100 persons were executed here among which King Louis XVI, Queen Marie-Antoinette and many persons of the royal family. Also leaders of the Revolution like Danton and Robespierre were beheaded here.
The two fountains in the Place de la Concorde symbolize the fountains in Paris.
The north fountain was devoted to the Rivers.
The south fountain, closer to the Seine, represented the seas.
Fondest memory: The fountains were built during the time of Louis-Philippe (1773-1850).
This is the biggest square in Paris and it's very famous due to the big obelisk placed in the middle of it. This square is located at the end of the Tuileries garden (which starts at the Louvre) and it's a very busy place -- careful when trying to cross the streets, it can be hard!! The Champs Elysees Avenue starts here and leads you all the way to the Arc de Triomphe.
I read that it was at this square where the guillotine was placed in the late 1700's and where many personages were beheaded (including Marie Antoinette!!)...
Far ahead of the obelisk, on the central part of the picture, you can see a partial view of La Madeleine church, which is also very nice and impressive.
Favorite thing: There are many artifacts that came from Egypt that can be found in the Louvre and in the local museums and some of them can be found in the streets such as the Obolisque de Luxor. Some of the Egyptian monuments were stolen by Napoleon and brought back to Paris.
Look at the restored Fountains on the Place de la Concorde.
Go to the travelogue 'Champs Elysees' to see more photographes.
Fondest memory: To visit by night when the water springs from the nozles lighted by the spots.
The photo shows the view from Plaza de la Concorde to the entrance of the Park Tuileries ( Jardin des Tuileries, one of Paris beautiful huge park. Right side from here is where all the buses stops to load and unload group of tourist from all over the world who visit Paris.
Fondest memory: This place is known for the most tourist meeting place in town.
Favorite thing: Formerly called Place De La Revolution, over 1000 people were guillotened here during the French Revolution. Nowadays, it is one of the busiest squares in Paris, with traffic coming from all directions.
Between the Champs Elysées and the Tuileries Gardens, there lies the Place de la Concorde.-
This square was the site of major events including the executions of Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, Charlotte Corday, Danton and Robespierre.
In 1836 the obelisk of Luxor, given to Louis Philipee by Mohamed Ali of Egypt, was placed in the center of the place.-
From this square you can enjoy beautiful views of the Champs Elisee and the arch of triumph.-
Esta plaza se ubica entre los Jardines de las Tullerías y los Campos Eliseos. Fue el centro de los mayores eventos historicos de Paris, tales como las ejecuciones de Luis XVI, María Antonieta, Danton y Robespierre, entre tantos otros.
En 1836 fue emplazado en el centro de la misma el obelisco Luxor, de 3.200 años de antiguedad.-
Desde esta plaza pueden observarse increibles vistas de los Campos Eliseos y del Arco de Triunfo.-
Au 19e siècle l'obélisque vieux de 3200 ans du temple de Ramses II à Thebes a été installé au centre de la Place de la Concorde. C'est un monolithe grand de 23 mètres de granite rose qui pèse approximativement 230 tonnes. En 1831, il a été offert par le Vice-roi d'Egypte à Louis Philippe. 3 obélisques on été offerts par le Vice-roi, mais c'est le seul qui a été transporté à Paris. L'obélisque est couvert de hiéroglyphes qui décrivent le règne des pharaons Ramses II & Ramses III. Les images sur le piédestal décrivent le transport à Paris et son installation sur la place en 1836. A chaque angle de la place octogonale une statue qui représente une ville française t: Bordeaux, Brest, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Rouen et Strasbourg. Elles ont été installées en 1836 par Jacob Ignaz Hittorf. Cette même année une fontaine de bronze, appelée ' La fontaine des Mers' a été ajouté sur la place. Une deuxième : ' Élévation de la fontaine Maritime', a été installé en 1839. Les deux fontaines ont été conçues par Hittorf.
De la Place de la Concorde vous pouvez voir l'Arc Triomphe (ouest), la Madeleine (nord), le Tuileries (est) et, à travers la Seine, l'Assemblée Nationale (sud).
Fondest memory: In the 19th century the 3200 years old obelisk from the temple of Ramses II at Thebes was installed at the center of the Place de la Concorde. It is a 23 meters tall monolith in pink granite and weighs approximately 230 tons. In 1831, it was offered by the Viceroy of Egypt to Louis Philippe. It was only one of 3 obelisks offered by the Viceroy, but only one was transported to Paris. The obelisk is covered with hieroglyphs picturing the reign of pharaohs Ramses II & Ramses III. Pictures on the pedestal describe the transportation to Paris and its installation at the square in 1836. At each corner of the octagonal square is a statue representing a French city: Bordeaux, Brest, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Rouen and Strasbourg. They were installed in 1836 by Jacob Ignaz Hittorf. That same year a bronze fountain, called 'La fontaine des Mers' was added to the square. A second one, the 'Elevation of the Maritime' fountain, was installed in 1839. Both fountains were designed by Hittorf .
From the Place de la Concorde you can see the Arc de Triomphe (west), the Madeleine (north), the Tuileries (east) and, across the Seine, the Assemblée Nationale (south).
Avec 8 hectares, la Place de la Concorde octogonale est la plus grande place de Paris. Elle est situé entre le Tuileries et les Champs-Élysées. En 1763, une grande statue de roi Louis XV a été élevée à cet endroit pour célébrer la guérison du roi après une grave maladie. L'environnement la statue a été aménagé plus tard, en 1772, par l'architecte Jacques-Ange Gabriel. Elle était connue alors commela place Louis XV.
En 1792, pendant la révolution française, la statue a été remplacée par un un autre, grande statue, a appelé ' Liberté' et le square a été appelé Place de la Révolution. Une guillotine a été installée au centre de la place et en seulement deux années, 1119 personnes y ont été décapités. Parmi elles beaucoup de personens célèbres comme le Roi Louis XVI, Marie-Antionette, et le révolutionnaire Robespierre , pour en nommer seulement quelques-uns. Après la révolution la place a été renommée plusieurs fois jusqu'à 1830, quand le nom actuel lui a été attribué' Place de la Concorde'.
Fondest memory: At 8 hectares, the octagonal Place de la Concorde is the largest square in Paris. It is situated between the Tuileries and the Champs-Elysées. In 1763, a large statue of king Louis XV was erected at the site to celebrate the recovery of the king after a serious illness. The square surrounding the statue was created later, in 1772, by the architect Jacques-Ange Gabriel. It was known as the place Louis XV.
In 1792, during the French revolution, the statue was replaced by a another, large statue, called 'Liberté' (freedom) and the square was called place de la Révolution. A guillotine was installed at the center of the square and in a time span of only a couple of years, 1119 people were beheaded here. Amongst them many famous people like King Louis XVI, Marie-Antionette, and revolutionary Robespierre, just to name a few. After the revolution the square was renamed several times until 1830, when it was given the current name 'Place de la Concorde'.
"Nous avons rendez-vous près de la fontaine de la Place de la Concorde"
Fondest memory: " We have appointment close to the fountain of the Place de la Concorde "
A Parisian will never indicate you such a place of appointment : there are two fountains on the square, that is immense, and besides, it is one extremely loud place, with a lot of automotive circulation. The no one that is going to wait for the other is going to suffer !
It is preferable to give themselves return yourselves by the circular basin of the Garden of the Orangery, just next to the place.
Trained between sky and earth, exposed to all pollutions of the megapolis, the monument seems well sad and sorry, far from the sand of pyramids of its origins.
By clear time, rare in Paris, one manages to see the obelisk, the bow of triumph of the star, and the ark of Defense that are in the same alignment.
In the middle of the unceasing stream of vehicles that constantly turns around the place of the Concorde, the two fountains that decorate it are really badly placed.
They are yet so beautiful !
The first fountain is closer to the Seine, all of black and gold, it offers a way of caroussel populated of naiads.
The other fountain of the place of the Concorde is more close to a passage for pedestrians (daring), and some tourists benefit from this to make itself photograph on bottom of Opera or Champs Elysées.
Fondest memory: In fact, it is very difficult to take a monument of Paris in photo without having a Japanese tourist in its justification.
You will have noticed, since you are necessarily the esthetes, the scholarly justification of the photo !
Discover the 3000-year old Egyptian obelisk weighing 230 tonnes.
I wonder what it's doing here?
A note about the Egyptian Obelisk. There are 3 of these in the world. One in Karnak Temple, Egypt. The other is at the Hippodrome, Istanbul-Turkey.
Stand in this square & defy the devil...NO, NO, NO, of course not! There's too many death here as it is. Did you know 133 people were trampled to death here in 1770 & 1300 heads were guillotined here in 1793-5??? I didn't! Luckily for me, otherwise I won't be taking a picture of myself here :-(
So, what's this place?!
PLACE DE LA CONCORDE!: MARIE ANTOINETTE & LOUIS XVI were both guillotined here at the height of the Terror of the French Revolution! The square was originally laid out in 1775 to accommodate King Louis XV statue. It was later renamed PLACE DE LA REVOLUTION & witnessed the mass executions of the French Revolution. Renamed PLACE DE LA CONCORDE in 1795.
Fondest memory: Hm, now that I recall, I did feel a sense of unease when I was there, although at that time I attributed it to the dark clouds & weather...
Favorite thing: The Obélisk at Place de la Concorde is immediately west of the Jardin des Tuileries and the Louvre. The monument was given to Charles X in 1829 by Mohammed Ali, Viceroy of Egypt, seeking support from the French. Standing 23 m (75 ft.) tall and weighing more than 220 tons, it is 3,300 years old and covered in Egyptian hieroglyphics.