Place de la Concorde, Paris

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At the eastern end of Champs-Élysées lies Place de la Concorde, Paris' largest public square with a unique artifact at its center: the giant Obelisk of Luxor, which is 3,300 years old. This ancient Egyptian obelisk is 23 m (75 ft) tall and decorated with hieroglyphics exalting the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II. On either side, you'll see the two Fontaines de la Concorde. The south fountain commemorates the maritime spirit of the nation ,with large semi-nude figures representing the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. The north fountain celebrates the Rhône and Rhine Rivers, with large figures representing navigation and agriculture. Marvelous vistas radiate out in every direction from the center of this public space, including a grand view of the famous Champs-Élysées. During the 18th century, when it was called Place de la Revolution, King Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, and many others faced death by guillotine in this public square. Use our Paris vacation planner to arrange your visit to Place de la Concorde and other attractions in Paris.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Make sure you walk up close to check out the details of the sculpture. It's beautiful. From afar you can also get beautiful pictures.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    The Concorde is not anything special except for the obelisk and two beautiful buildings, one of which is 5-star hotel. The Ferris wheel was moved to another location to Rivoli.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Concorde-a symbolic place. In the evening very nicely and before Christmas set a huge ring-closed cabins observation. Everything in the lights and you can see all the Champs-Elysées and Arc de Triomphe.
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  • September 7, 2017
    great place to relax and enjoy the view. It is an open field with roads around. nearby pond with the comfortable chairs is a nice place for a 5 min nap and re-energize
  • August 25, 2017
    Very fascinating square. If you have the time check it out. From one end you can see arc and the other end Louvre Would highly recommend. Especially at night
  • August 17, 2017
    I was here in June, 1984, in August 1991, in August 1995 with my wife, in August 2005 with my family of six, and in August 2014. The only tempting opportunity was to have ride for a fee in a Lamborghini. I now own two Lamborghini miniature computer mice!
  • August 1, 2017
    Beautiful area to take a stroll in. I took a trip back here at 2am to take a few shots and was a little disappointed that the fountains had been powered down as too were their lights. The area was still so so busy and being peak time in Paris, I had hoped it would all stay lit up - lesson learned. Do ensure to take a walk here when out and about
  • July 30, 2017
    A pretty large town square, though not the same as the ones elsewhere. Good luck crossing against the lights. Some lovely fountains here as well.

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Each of the city’s 20 arrondissements, or districts, has a personality all its own. If you prefer high-end accommodations and to be in the middle of the action, look for lodging in the 1st through the 4th arrondissements. For more affordable lodging and access to major metro lines, try the 12th. The Oberkampf area of the 11th arrondissement has an edgier, more hip vibe. For easy access to tourist sites,  the 16th is within a stone’s throw of the Arc de Triomph and the Eiffel Tower, and the 17th is within walking distance to the Champs-Elysées. Avoid the 18th, 19th, and 20th, because these can be dangerous, especially if you’re not familiar with the city.
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