Place de la Concorde, Paris

While it isn’t the most walkable plaza in Paris, Place de la Concorde is certainly a beautiful sight to see. Place de la Concorde is actually the largest open square in Paris! Located in the 8th arrondissement in between the Champs-Élysées and the Jardin des Tuileries, Place de la Concorde is quite famous for being the site of several public executions after the French Revolution. To the north, Rue Royal leads up to the Église de la Madeleine, and to the south lies the Seine River.

Place de la Concorde History

Ange-Jacques Gabriel, the principal architect of Louis XV designed the plaza in the mid 18th century. The plaza was even named after the king at the time of its creation: Place Louis XV.

A mere 30 something years after the plaza was formed, King Louis XVI was executed by guillotine here in the wake of the French Revolution on January 21, 1793. Equally notable was the execution of the famous Queen Marie Antoinette at Place de la Concorde on October 16, 1793. During this time, the plaza was renamed Place de la Révolution.

The northwestern corner of the plaza famously houses the Hôtel de Crillon, a hotel named after the Crillon family which resided there until 1907.

Place De La Concorde Fountains, Paris

Place De La Concorde Fountains, Paris
Place De La Concorde Fountains, Paris

Place De La Concorde Fountains, Paris

Place De La Concorde, Paris

Place de la Concorde Obelisk

One of the most easily recognizable monuments in Place de la Concorde is the large Egyptian Obelisk sitting at the center. The Obélisque de Louxor is granite and originates from Luxor, a city in southern Egypt. Sometimes called Cleopatra’s Needle, the obelisk was obtained from Egypt and erected in 1836 at the wish of King Louis Philippe.

The sides of the tall and thin structure are inscribed with various hieroglyphs, and it is capped by a gold-plated pyramid. To the north and the south of the obelisk lie two beautiful water-flowing French fountains.

Place De La Concorde, Paris

Place De La Concorde Obelisk, Paris
View of the Eiffel Tower from Place De La Concorde, Paris

View of L'arc de Triomphe from Place De La Concorde, Paris

I have to say I love the classical architecture of Place de la Concorde. The fountains in the center are gorgeous and a great backdrop for portraits, if you have a photographer with you! Have you been to Place de la Concorde?

December 01, 2018

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I’m an American photographer and writer based in Paris after living in New York for 7 years and then and spending a year and a half traveling. My work has been featured by the Paris and Nice Tourism Offices, Art Basel, and Refinery 29. Culture Passport is a place to share my travels and experiences in new places, with a focus on cultural attractions.

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