Place de la Concorde

One of the major public squares in the city centre, well-known for its fountains and obelisk - and its bloody history.

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A pleasant morning can be spent at the Arc de Triomphe, followed by a walk down the Champs-Élysées, a visit to the Place de la Concorde and a picnic in the Tuileries Garden behind it.

A place of blood

If you stroll down the Champs-Élysées from the Arc de Triomphe you’ll find the Place de la Concorde at its foot. It’s difficult to find a corner of Paris that didn’t play a part in the Revolution, and this beautiful square is no different. Once the Place de la Révolution, crowds cheered here as Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette, and some 2,500 others lost their heads to the guillotine. It was eventually renamed in 1836 and got a startling new centrepiece to mark the occasion; a 75-foot granite Obelisk, carved from Egyptian stone in the 8th century BC.


Part of every époque

Two magnificent identical stone buildings lie at the north end. They remain among the best examples of Louis XV architecture, a style renowned for its supreme craftsmanship. Having served as the opulent home of the Duc d’Aumont, the Comte de Crillon and the occupying German HQ, they now house the luxury Hôtel de Crillon.

The square was designed by Ange-Jacques Gabriel in 1755 and was skirted by an octagonal moat between the Champs-Élysées to the west and the Tuileries Garden to the east. Decorated with statues and fountains representing different French cities, the square was initially named Place Louis XV to honour the king at that time, until sentiments changed thirty years later…


Nearby Attractions

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Trocadero
A historical area that offers spectacular views of the Eiffel Tower from across the River Seine.
Pont Alexandre III
A deck arch bridge built in 1900. Widely regarded as the most extravagant bridge in the city
Tuileries Garden
A public garden located between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concorde
Musée de l'Orangerie
A gallery occupying the old orangery of the Tuileries Palace. Monet's water lilies are housed here
Place Vendôme
An iconic symbol of luxury since the avant-gardists (re)invention of fashion during the 19th century.
Rodin 'The Gates of Hell'
The plaster model in the Musée d'Orsay dates from 1917 and was inspired by the famous doors that Ghiberti had made for the baptistery in Florence.

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On your private half-day highlights tour, you will:

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