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 one of the largest squares in Paris located close to the louvre museum. One of the busiest squares with huge traffic lines. At the centre is an old rower gifted to France by Egyptians with the...  more »
  • Very large free space with a lot of traffic drum around. On the Middle, thanks to traffic light technology comes one but good. Without leadership, the Obelisk but hardly opens up. Great sightlines.
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  • Concorde went many years ago that was, but I saw it again and still great. I think it should be viewed once you go Paris. It is a lot of looks too Paris. Views while riding the bus in May.
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  • Great place to take in the scenery. It autumn the colours of the trees are fantastic. It's also a good place to take photos with the Eiffel Tower poking out in the background.
  • 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
  • Center point for Paris tour. Can see so many famous places around the Place. Which direction you go, we can't miss nice and famous place in a minute.
  • 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
  • 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!

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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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