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Place de la Nation, Paris

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The Place de la Nation is a circle on the eastern side of Paris, between Place de la Bastille and the Bois de Vincennes, on the border of the 11th and 12th arrondissements.Widely known for having the most active guillotines during the French Revolution, the square was renamed as Place de la Nation on Bastille Day, 14 July 1880, under the Third Republic.Featuring a large bronze sculpture, the 'Triomphe de la République', the square is encircled by shops and a flower garden — and is served by the Paris Metro station Nation.HistoryAncien RegimeTo this day, Paris bears traces of the mur des Fermiers généraux, a wall built between 1784 and 1791, one of the several city walls built between the early Middle Ages to the mid 19th century well beyond the buildings of Paris in a campaign to encircle houses, gardens and monasteries for the purpose of controlling the flow of goods and to enable their taxation by the Farmers General.The wall's construction left a vast grassy space of vines and market gardens as far as the medieval city wall and the walls of the gardens of the old village of Picpus, filled with large convents, schools and retreats. A throne was erected in this space on 26 July 1660 for the solemn arrival of Louis XIV and Maria Theresa of Spain following their wedding in Saint-Jean-de-Luz. This gave the square its original name of "Square of the Throne", Place du Trône.
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  • The monuments here come from the old gate to the city that was once here. Otherwise this is a huge traffic circle with gardens and a fountain in the center and lots of cafes on the periphery. Some Met...  more »
  • Place of Paris. The 2 columns are superbly restored. Little activity this Sunday but a great place to stroll and discover the beautiful buildings.
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  • A very large circular square of Paris to the East, a few restaurants around, despite all pretty little animated. Limit 11 th, 12 th, and 20 th arrondissements. Very often the terminus of major events from the Republic square.
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