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Monument : La Concorde

La Concorde

The Concorde square was designed in 1748 and was called Place Louis XV, and planned as a worthy setting for the royal statue. It may be the Place de la Concorde, but this square in Paris has a bloody history with more than 1300 people beheaded within its boundaries.They included Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, Charlotte Corday, Danton and the architect of the terror, Robespierre himself.

Two commanding edifices, whose colonnades are copies of the Perrault wings of the Louvre, rise up over the north side of the plaza. And, currently situated in the right-hand building is the Naval Ministry. Just on the Place de la Concorde sits the famous "palace" the Hotel Crillon, which is amongst the citadels of Parisian snobbery. Formerly, its elegant salons served as the winter quarters for the famous Chateaubriand family. Today it houses the French automobile club.
These are just two examples of Louis XV style, by Gabriel.

Just at the entrance to the Place de la Concorde, on either side of the Champs-Elysees, are the Chevaux de Marly. There are eight statues representing the eight major cities of France; Brest and Rouen (in the northwest), Lille and Strasbourg (to the northeast) Lyon and Marseille (on the Quai des Tuileries) and Bordeaux and Nantes (in the southwest). The statue representing Strasbourg was modelled by the actress Juliette Drouet, who was a muse of Victor Hugo. You can find these statues on the four corners of the square.

The obelisk
This is the one of the pair of obelisks in Luxor. This was transported to Paris in XIXth Century.

It is repoted that Josephine's parting words to Napoleon before he began his failed conquest of Egypt in 1798 were: "Good-by! If you go to Thebes, do send me a little obelisk." Whether or not the story is true, Napoleon's expedition first left France desiring an obelisk of its own, though it wasn't until May 1830 that the then Egyptian viceroy, Mohammed Ali, decided to give it to Charles X of France.

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How to get there

From the Elysees Union take metro line 1 at Charles de Gaulle to Concorde in approx 20 minutes.