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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.
'Starry Night Over the Rhone'
This painting is one of the highlights from the Musée d'Orsay’s Van Gogh collection.
‘Bal du Moulin de la Galette’
This Renoir work is one of Impressionism's most celebrated masterpieces, depicting romantic bourgeois Paris in the 1870s.
'Card Players'
This peaceful Cézanne painting is one of the Post-Impressionist’s most enduring works.
'Houses of Parliament'
A superlative example of the Impressionist style developed by Claude Monet, depicting the world in a way that no camera ever could.
Les Berges River Path
A pedestrianised recreation pathway along the river's edge

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During this fabulous four hour walking tour of Paris you will explore the most interesting and diverse central neighbourhoods the French capital has to offer. See the sights at your own pace and adapt your tour with your guide who will be happy to offer suggestions based on your preferences. 

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  • Explore the wonderful haunts of the Latin Quarter, just a short walk away.
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The Second World War vastly shaped the world's view of the war and shaped Paris throughout the twentieth-century. On this tour, you will: 

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