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Place Vendome, Paris

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Place Vendome is the centerpiece of a magnificent eight-sided square, first laid out in 1699 to show off an equestrian statue of Louis XIV. The statue was removed amid revolutionary fervor in 1792, and replaced in 1806 with the Colonne de la Grande Armée. This was modeled on Trajan's column in Rome, and decorated with Napoleon's military exploits. The present column is a replica, however, as the original was pulled down during the 1871 Paris Commune. This square represents the best of well-heeled Paris, and is home to an abundance of exclusive boutiques, jewelers, and fashion labels, including Cartier, Boucheron, Trussardi, van Cleef & Arpels, along with several banks, the French Ministry of Justice, and the Ritz Hotel. To visit Place Vendome on your holiday in Paris, and find out what else Paris has to offer, use our Paris trip generator.
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  • The square is beautiful and despite being very close to the hustle and bustle, is a quiet area where you can get away and imagine the past centuries, with its majestic Hotel Ritz Paris and its Green column of Napoleon... important visit even if it is just a few minutes
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  • Nice and chic place to stroll. There prevails the luxury of the Ritz hotel and designer shops that surround. In the Centre of the square a statue honors Napoleon. Enjoy to circulate the shops of nearby streets from there because of the square are to few.
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  • Beautiful, elegant in its size. Luxury Parisian area, home of the famous Cartier store where you can make you dream (only dream of) your girl/wife.
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  • The place is regal and charming at the same time. Close to Opera and rue St honoré it makes a good photo opportunity.
  • A cornerstone of Paris monuments, very quiet at night. Great to visit then.
  • Extremely elegant square, magnificent architecture, full of high end shopping brands.
  • Nice place, big open space near the central pole
  • Nice big square with luxury hotels and shops like the Ritz and Rolex

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