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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. Arrange your visit to Place de la Concorde and discover more family-friendly attractions in Paris using our Paris trip planning site.
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  • This is a neat monument to visit given it's history (location of Marie Antoinette getting beheaded, etc). It's sort of a hike in between other places to visit but if you have time around the Louvre... 
    This is a neat monument to visit given it's history (location of Marie Antoinette getting beheaded, etc). It's sort of a hike in between other places to visit but if you have time around the Louvre...  more »
  • A large square which is essentially now just a traffic circle dominated by a column. There is a colorful history to this square which its name changed over time. Nice to visit but not an essential.....  more
    A large square which is essentially now just a traffic circle dominated by a column. There is a colorful history to this square which its name changed over time. Nice to visit but not an essential.....  more »
  • Place de la Concorde is a huge public square where many important events in French history took place, including all of the royal beheadings during the French Revolution. The centerpiece is a 3,400... 
    Place de la Concorde is a huge public square where many important events in French history took place, including all of the royal beheadings during the French Revolution. The centerpiece is a 3,400...  more »
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  • A very large square with a very beautiful architecture, here you will find some Paris landmarks that are typical photo spots of the city. It is a pity that cars pass through this area, it would be much better if it were exclusively pedestrianized. Unfortunately, at the time of my visit, the Obelisk was undergoing renovation.
  • Great place and historic. Also, this is where the team buses are kept during the Sunday of the final stage of the Tour de France. I took some great photos here and met several cyclists. Highly recommend walking here when the race is finished.
  • One of the most beautiful squares in Paris with a amazing Egyptian monument, a stone pillar. This square is worth a visit and easily reachable by walk from Tuileries Garden. The view of the river and the Eiffel in the bridge nearby is amazing
  • Major public square, scene of executions, decorated with fountains, statues. One of the best tourist attraction, Center of Avenue. A very large square with a very beautiful architecture, here you will find some Paris landmarks that are typical photo spots of the city. It is a pity that cars pass through this area, it would be much better if it were exclusively pedestrianized. The square is nice and open. Great place to walk around and for photo op. Accessible towards Tuilleries garden and to river Seine. First time close to this huge sized Obelisk, its really impressive and very beautiful, full of golden hieroglyphs, its really an impressive work of art. Do not miss it if you have the chance to be close by! The Place de la Concorde is one of the major public squares in Paris, France. Measuring 7.6 ha (19 acres) in area, it is the largest square in the French capital. It is located in the city's eighth arrondissement, at the eastern end of the Champs-Élysées. With the Reign of Terror coming to its end in 1795, the square was officially renamed Place de la Concorde, which is a reference to peace and harmony. It was the site of many notable public executions, including the executions of King Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette and Maximilien Robespierre in the course of the French Revolution, during which the square was temporarily renamed Place de la Revolution.
  • The square is nice and open. Great place to walk around and for photo op. Accessible towards Tuilleries garden and to river Seine.

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