The Place de la Concorde in Paris

Paris is one of those cities that you have to visit at least once in your life, and once you do, you always promise that you will return to discover everything that you have not had time to do. Among the many things you can see there is the Place de la Concorde , one of the main public squares in the French capital and which is at the eastern end of the Champs Elysees.

This square was designed by Ange-Jacques Gabriel in 1755 to be a moat between the Champs Elysees and the Tuileries Garden, and was decorated with statues and fountains. At first it was named Plaza de Luis XV since it was the one who reigned at that time. In the northern part there are two stone buildings that to this day remain excellent examples of Louis XV-style architecture. One of the buildings was the Secretariat of the Navy and later became the home of the Duke of Aumont.

One of the statues was of Louis XV and was demolished during the French Revolution, renamed the Plaza de la Revolución, and after several more name changes it got the definitive one in the 19th century. In the center of the square there is a spectacular Egyptian obelist that is decorated with hieroglyphs and that recalls the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II (donated by the Egyptian government in 1829).

The Place de la Concorde is the second largest in France, only behind the Place de Quinconces in Bordeaux, although in terms of fame it is undoubtedly the best known in the whole country. Next to the square there is a spectacular garden that takes you to the Champs Elysees, and from the square you can see them and the Arc de Triomphe.