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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. Use our Paris vacation planner to arrange your visit to Place de la Concorde and other attractions in Paris.
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  • Nice area at the end of Champ Elysees. There's a fountain here, Luxor Obelisk (Egyptian monument), and Roue de Paris (Wheel of Paris). We grabbed fresh pancakes from here too. A man was making it in t...  more »
  • A very busy intersection and public square between the Champs Elysées and the Tuileries Gardens. Good to visit.  more »
  • Very bustling area lots to see and do. Watch out for the traffic but great buildings and things to see.  more »
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  • A large square in the middle of the city which is surrounded by iconic monuments all around. There is a big garden on one side and some superb Renaissance Architecture buildings all around which provides you a feel of Paris. According to me, one must start exploring Paris from this place and then proceed to other places because it helps get into the groove. There is a metro station which is very adjacent to this place so one can take a Metro and then visit all the other places around by foot. Highly recommended of course.
  • Large space in middle of the city with beautiful fountains and monuments all around. Visit for harden entrance and sit back and relax the atmosphere.
  • Great historic site. It's not a long visit. You go, you look, you leave. But it's near other tourist sites and its historic.
  • It really is a noisy public square with cars zooming around. Still, it didn't steal the sense of history trapped in those grounds. I took it all in while standing by the Obelisk of Luxor, by which I was mesmerized. I got some great photos, too.
  • A little piece of ancient Egypt in the middle of Paris. A must see if you are in the city centre... Enjoy