Place des Victoires, Paris

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The Place des Victoires is a circular place in Paris, located a short distance northeast from the Palais Royal and straddling the border between the 1st and the 2nd arrondissements. The Place des Victoires is at the confluence of six streets: Rue de la Feuillade, Rue Vide Gousset, Rue d'Aboukir, Rue Étienne Marcel, Rue Croix des Petits Champs, and Rue Catinat.HistoryAt the center of the Place des Victoires is an equestrian monument in honor of King Louis XIV, celebrating the Treaties of Nijmegen concluded in 1678-79. A marshal of France, François de la Feuillade, vicomte d'Aubusson, on his own speculative initiative, demolished the old private mansions on the site. Feuillade's project was soon taken over by the Bâtiments du Roi, a department attached to the king's household, and the royal architect, Jules Hardouin Mansart, was entrusted with redesigning a grander complex of buildings, still in the form of a ring of private houses, to accommodate a majestic statue of the triumphant king.Mansart's conceptionMansart's design, of 1685, articulated the square's unified façades according to a formula utilised in some Parisian hôtels particuliers, (palatial private homes). Mansart chose colossal pilasters linking two floors, standing on a high arcaded base with rustication of the pilasters; the façades were capped with sloping slate "mansard roofs", punctuated by dormer windows. However, because the building work was incomplete at the time of the unveiling of the monument, the envisioned façades were painted on canvas. By 1692, the Place des Victoires was pierced by six streets, and the circular plan functioned as a flexible joint to harmonize their various axes.
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  • In the treaties of Nijmegen of Louis 14 square made of Louis 14 current equestrian statue square is planned to commemorate the victory of Louis 14 II monument was erected and then destroyed monument in revolutionary France, to reflect that times square was transformed in 1828 and says, very narrow With passage of the near and Palais Royal
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  • There was this statue in the middle of the round, with a near the Palais Royal in the 1st arrondissement of Paris and 2-Victoire. Was broken by revolutionary France in 1792, but in 1828 is made again of Louis 14 current equestrian statue. I thought worthy of victory square image.
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  • With the exception of the equestrian statue of Louis XIV we have not seduced during our time on the small square bounded by private mansions. We feel too enclosed. In a roughly similar style we prefer the place Vendôme.
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