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Place Dauphine, Paris

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Henry IV ordered the creation of Place Dauphine, named for his son, the Dauphin of France and future Louis XIII, who was born in 1601. One of the earliest city-planning projects of Henri IV, this sits on a site created from part of the western garden of the walled Palais de la Cité (Capetian kings lived there before the Louvre was built). In 1792, during the Revolution, Place Dauphine became Place Thionville, a name it retained until 1814. Today, you can find hotels, restaurants, and a peaceful park here. Many enjoy the spot for its views of Pont Neuf and the Île de la Cité. Use our Paris trip tool to visit Place Dauphine on your trip to Paris, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • October 3, 2017
    It's a shame (or maybe a good? ...) that many tourists if the leak. Yet shut them, shortly after crossing half the Pont Neuf, a few meters in the Ile de Cite, but is hidden and as soon as you enter the square ... it is like attutiscano all the noise. And you can sit on the benches and admire it for a long time, perhaps thinking that the number 15 there were Simone Signoret and Yves Montand or to all writers who were fascinated. That's the beauty of Paris where-at the heart of the city-you can be in a Spanish province. Great, I have no other adjectives
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  • October 3, 2017
    If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Paris, this is The place to be! You can view and enjoy t jeu de boulers delicious ice cream.
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  • October 1, 2017
    Location was good, a special landscape worth did not go even wider, is missing.
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  • June 30, 2017
    This square is like a secret garden in the heart of the city. Very parisien cafes and shops can be found here.
  • July 27, 2017
    Beautiful place in the heart of Paris where you can have a rest and enjoy an amazing view
  • March 27, 2017
    This is a wonderful square which offers some peace and quite in the center of the city. The buildings surrounding the square are beautiful and there are some amazing restaurants. It's interesting how this is in the center of the city but there were hardly any tourists there.
  • June 21, 2017
    Sweet, triangular park filled with people playing Petanque and Molkky. Nice ambience with lots of shade on a hot day.
  • August 10, 2017
    An island of quietness in the heart of Paris where you can see people playing pétanque

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