The largest public square in Paris, the Place de la Concorde is situated at one end of the city’s most famous thoroughfare, the Champs-Elysées. It is a space of great historical importance, having been the location of the execution of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, amongst others. The Place has changed names a number of times - originally Place Louis XV, it was renamed Place de la Révolution after the uprising and was given its current name in 1830. The most notable feature in the square is its towering Luxor Obelisk, a 3,300 year old, 250-tonne gift from Egypt which has stood in the square since 1836. Transporting such a large structure from Egypt in the nineteenth century was a great logistical feat and is described in diagrams on the base of the monument. On either side of the Obelisk, you’ll find two typically French fountains, both fine examples of architecture during the time of Louis-Philippe.
The Place de la Concorde is located at the opposite end to the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Elysées. The nearest underground métro is Concorde on lines 12, 8 and 1 and the closest RER Rail Express Network station is Charles de Gaulle - Etoile. Alternatively, you can take the Batobus to the Champs-Elysées stop for a cruise along the Seine to your destination. After visiting the famous square, it’s certainly worth a saunter down the Champs-Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe at the other end.
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You’ll find plenty of things to do and places to visit in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, including: peruse some of the best art in town at the Musée d’Orsay; go for a stroll in the beautiful Jardins de Luxembourg; and admire the city’s most famous monuments as you cruise down the River Seine.
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