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Place de la Concorde

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Place de la Concorde - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT

This panorama was taken near the southern edge of the Place de la Concorde next to the southern fountain. There is a similar fountain on the northern end. The Jardin des Tuileries, which lead off east towards Le Louvre, are silhouetted by the afternoon sun in this panoramic image.

Place de la Concorde - FURTHER INFORMATION

Place de la Concorde - Paris visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Place de la Concorde' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Paris.

The Place de la Concorde is one of the major squares in Paris, with the Jardain des Tuileries and Le Louvre Museum to the east and the Avenue des Champs Elysées to the west leading to the Arch de Triomphe.

In this panoramic photograph you can see the Obelisque de Luxor (Obelisk of Luxor) which stands in the middle of the Place de la Concorde. This obelisk, dedicated to Ramses II, is about 3,300 years old and used to stand at the entrance to the Luxor Temple in Egypt. It was shipped from Egypt and placed here in 1833. The obelisk is one of three so-called Cleopatra's Needles, the others being in London and New York. At the same time the fountains that flank either side of the obelisk, one of which is visible here, were built.

The Place de la Concorde was designed by Ange-Jacques Gabriel in 1755 to be octagonal in shape and surrounded by a moat. It was then known as Place Louis XV and had an equestrian statue of the king in the center. However, with the revolution, this statue was torn down and replaced with a guillotine where between 1793-95 some 3000 people were beheaded including Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette. During this time the Place de la Concorde was known as the Place de la Révolution.

The two identical buildings at the north of the Place de la Concorde, separated by the Rue Royale, were built at the same time. One is now the Hôtel Crillon, while the other is the Hôtel de la Marine. The Rue Royale runs a short distance north to the Church of Ste Marie-Madeleine. The south side of the square leads onto the Pont de la Concorde, a bridge across the Seine River to the Assemblée Nationale on the other side.

The Place de la Concorde lies along the Axe historique (Historic Axis) in Paris, a 9km route starting at the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel outside the Louvre to the east and proceeding west past the Arch de Triomphe to the Grande Arche (Grande Arche de la Fraternité or Arche de la Défense) in the Défense district of Paris.


Metro: Concorde (Line 1, 8, 12)

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