Place de la Concorde

Once the site of famous public executions during the French Revolution (King Louis XV, Marie Antoinette, Madame du Barry – to name a few – were guillotined much to the delight of cheering crowds), Place de la Concorde remains an important public square.

Taking centre stage is a giant Egyptian obelisk, which once marked the entrance to the Luxor Temple, is decorated with hieroglyphics relating to the reign of the pharaoh Ramesses II. Made of yellow granite, the 3300 year old obelisk stands 23 metres tall and weighs a whopping 250 tonnes!

The obelisk is flanked by two fountains, which were created with Piazza Navona and Piazza San Pietro fountains in Rome in mind. If you’ve been to either you’ll note the similar arrangement.

Looking east you’ll see the Arc de Triomphe at the end of Champs Elysées.

And southwest brings your eyes to the Eiffel Tower.


2 thoughts on “Place de la Concorde

  1. The way it is laid out now, the Place de la Concorde has lots of barren space full of careening cars — and there are no plans to fix it, as far as I know. In recent years Paris has completely re-designed the Place de la République, and they are now working on Place de la Bastille, so maybe they’ll get around to this one someday, too.

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