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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, along the border of the 11th and 12th arrondissements.Widely known for having the most active guillotines during the French Revolution, the square was renamed the Place de la Nation on 14 July 1789, Bastille Day.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 major 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 marriage in Saint-Jean-de-Luz. This gave the square its original name of place du Trône.
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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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  • The place of the Nation owes its name the day of the feast of July 14, 1880. In fact the current monument in bronze, with the Republic mounted on a tank train by lions, with allegories, date of the centenary of the Revolution in 1889. This place is at the intersection between the 10 th and 11 th district East of the capital. At the entrance to the course of Vincennes, located two columns that framed two buildings of the former grant, to enter Paris from 1787, where the wall of the farmers General; The two statues which overcome these columns are emblematic french Kings, Saint Louis and Philippe Auguste and are placed in 1845 under Napoleon III initially from its inception in 1660, this place was in the middle of fields, orchards, with area convents, and bore the name of Place of the throne. It was erected with a monumental throne for the triumphal entry of Louis XIV in Paris with his wife Marie Thérèse of Austria on 26 July 1660. At the time of the Revolution, the place changed its name to that how symbolic "of the overturned throne". A guillotine is drawn up in 1794 and many unhappy "citizens" there are executed, then thrown into the mass grave of Picpus! Over time, many buildings projects are not successful, as a giant Elephant in 1841 and then an arch of triumph in 1862 under Napoleon III. Finally the current monument stood before 1941, under the Vichy Government, in the middle of a large pool with alligators in bronze spitting water. They were melted down to provide material to canon for the Germans! The place has the structure of a strategic place with 12 avenues or streets that happen, but actually share its offset position and without a large mainline to enter or exit from Paris she vegetates, maybe to the happiness of the inhabitants of the district who are not too much traffic noise, the neighborhood is rather residential bourgeois. Apart from the place, the rest is not major tourist interest. The so-called fair of the throne, great Carnival of Paris, held annually in March, April, place of the Nation and course of Vincennes, but since 1965, they moved the lawn of Reuilly, in the Bois de Vincennes, near the Golden Gate. Finally, this place represents a strong symbol for groupings of events with that of the Republic, and is the point of arrival or departure of the processions. Access is via the metro station "Nation" lines No. 1, 2, 6 and 9 and RER A
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  • The Triumph of the Republic is an extremely large bronze statue group designed by Aime Jules Dalou, that took many years to complete and stands within the centre of the Place de la Nation square where...  more »
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  • A landmark of Paris. A nice place to visit, and easy accessible by public transport. You can take some nice photos, but that's mainly it.
  • Convenient to live. Lots of metro lines
  • I lost my Ipad at this gare metro
  • nice place. one looks of Paris
  • One of the biggest squares in Paris. A rather impersonal place, but interesting to see. Few restaurants around, especially on boulevard Voltaire