Chances are that if you spend any amount of time in Paris you are going to find yourself within Place de la Concorde at least once. As one of the major and by far the largest public squares throughout the city, there is of course plenty of things to do, see, and discover. The following information will help you in discovering everything you need to know before your visit there…
A Brief History
Designed by Ange-Jacques Gabriel in the year 1755 with the hopes of making it a moat-skirted octagon located right in between the Champs-Elysees (west) and the Tuileries Garden (east). Named originally Place Louis XV after the present day king at the time, it was dotted and decorated with numerous statues and fountains helping to make it very attractive. Other structures that were built within the square included two magnificently large and identical stone buildings separated by the rue Royale, the square took on many changes in the coming years after that and is now home to even more incredible sights to see and constructed marvels to admire.
As mentioned above, Place de la Concorde is located at the eastern end of Champs-Elysees and within the city’s eighth arrondissement.
Address: Place de la Concorde, 75008 Paris, France
When to Visit
Seeing as it is a public square, you may happen to spend most of your time there outside. With this in mind, you will either want to bundle up during the winter months and plan on not as much time there if you cannot withstand the chill or spend possibly several hours there if visiting during the warmer spring and summer months.
What to do There
Of course if you want to explore its surroundings, head to the famous Champs-Elysees or more east to pay a visit to the Tuileries Gardens along with the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume or the Musee de l’Orangerie, which are conveniently located within the gardens. Then wander about the square and be sure to check out the previously mentioned identical stone buildings where one of them (the eastern one) houses the French Naval Ministry while the other western one is in fact the Hotel de Crillon. Other attractions include the Palais Bourbon – home of the French National Assembly – and a total of eight different statues all initiated by head architect Jacques-Ignace Hittorff that each help to represent a French city – Brest, Rouen, Marseille, Lyon, Bordeaux, Nantes, Lille, and Strasbourg. The very center of the Place de la Concorde is the Obelisk, a giant Egyptian monument decorated in hieroglyphics that help to exalt the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II. After a discovery of all of those, be sure to spend some time marveling at the many famous fountains scattered throughout, which you may recognize from a popular movie, The Devil Wears Prada where the main character decides to throw her phone into the Fontaines de la Concorde.