Place de la Concorde, Paris
Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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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You can see the Arc De Triumph, the Eiffel tower, the Champs Elysee all from one location. Make sure to visit during the evening for great photo opportunities. If you are on the bus tour, hop off and ... read more »
Paris ne serait pas complet sans sa place de la Concorde. Entre les Champs-Elysées et le Louvre, ne manquez pas ce singulier point de vue de l'obélisque qui se dresse en face de l'Arc de Triomphe. Il ... read more »Paris would be complete without its Concorde square. Between the Champs-Elysées and the Louvre, don't miss this singular point of view of the Obelisk that stands in front of the Arc de Triomphe. It should also enjoy the surrounding, rich and romantic architecture.show original
José María M
Esta plaza, la mayor de Paris se encuentra entre las Tullerias y los Campos Eliseos. Es muy conocido el obelisco que se yerģue en el centro, traida de Luxor. Tambien son muy conocidas las dos fuentes ... read more »This square, the mayor of Paris is located between the Tuileries and the Champs Elysees. The Obelisk that is well known is yerģue in the Center, brought from Luxor. Also well known are the two monumental fountainsshow original
After finishing your dessert at Angelina's, you will probably want to explore the surrounding neighbourhood. Place de la Concorde is a very photogenic location, and not too far from Rue de Rivoli! Capture a selfie with the Fontaines de la Concorde, gaze at the Obélisque de Louxor, or capture both landmarks, the Roue de Paris, and La Tour Eiffel, all in one shot!
Big square with impressive arcitechure. There is a ferris wheel with a view down the champs elysees to one side and the Louvre to the other.
It's famous and you'd want to brag that you've been there, but don't expect much. Other parts of paris are much more scenic and not surrounded by tourist traps. That said, view at the Louvre approaching from the Concorde is excellent.
Jui Hong Teoh
Hello Place de la Concorde! This is a major square in Paris, which is the starting point for the Champs-Élysées, Jardin du Tuileries and numerous other famous boulevards. This is also the revolutionary square where the guillotine, the famous execution tool of the revolution was erected and claimed the heads of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. In the centre of the square sits a 3000 year old Obelisk that once stood outside the Luxor Temple in Egypt. Go up closer to the obelisk and marvel at the detailed hieroglyphics! Marvelling at this wonder made me yearn for the opportunity to see Egypt one day. The big dogma of planning and design for the French at that time was one of alignment. Right here at Place de la Concorde, you can see what is called the Historical Axis, a 26 degree angle following the course of the rising sun from East to West. I can see the alignment from the Lourve, to the Obelisk, down the axis of Champs-Élysées towards Arc de Triomphe, which align further up towards La Defence and the Grande Arche de la Fraternité there. Every winter, a ferris wheel becomes a landmark fixture at Place de la Concorde and in line with this dogma of alignment, the ferris wheel is aligned to this same Historical Axis, adding to the continuous perspective. Co-incidentally, the entire axis can be traversed by metro on Line 1.
The crossing of the Champs-Elysees and Tuileries gardens, the view on Madeleine church on one side ans National Assembly on the other side, fountains in the middle together with the Egyptian Obelisk, a few steps to Rivali street and to the riverbank... the best place to pick direction and to start discovering Paris on foot
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