Place de la Concorde

The Place de la Concorde is another one of the many attractions in Paris that you must see. It is one of the city’s many public squares and what makes it special as a Paris attraction is its size and history. This public square covers an area of just over 21 acres and is the largest in Paris.

The Place de la Concorde is at the end of one of the most famous attractions in Paris: the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. This is the avenue that you see in all those historical photos with troops marching from the Paris landmark, Arc de Triomphe, built by Napoleon Bonaparte. Today the Avenue des Champs-Élysées is a bustling street with some of the highest-priced properties on the globe and is filled with restaurants, cinemas, and shopping venues. The Place de la Concorde is on the eastern end of the Avenue des Champs-Élysées.

The features that make this one of the must-see attractions in Paris are the arrays of many fountains and statues. Their designs date back to 1755 and were conceived by Ange-Jacques Gabriel. The square’s first name at the time was Place Louis XV in honor of the French King reigning during that time period.

But this Paris attraction has an even more significant mark in the history of France as the venue for numerous executions by the guillotine during the French Revolution between the years 1789 and 1799. During this revolutionary period, a statue that had been erected depicting King Louis XV was torn down and the King was executed here on January 21, 1793. The guillotine remained at the square and hundreds of others were executed in the Place de la Concorde which was renamed to the Place de la Révolution during this time.

The Golden Fountain, Place de la Concorde

There are two famous fountains at the Place de la Concorde. Their designer was the famous Jacques-Ignace Hittorf. He studied Italian architecture and fountains which gave him the inspiration to design the two at the Place de la Concorde. Specifically, they were influenced by the Piazza Navona and Piazza San Pietro fountains located in Rome. The two fountains have six figures known as tritons. The tritons hold fish while they spout water into a stone basin. One of the fountains in the northern part of this Paris park was dedicated to the Rhone and Rhine Rivers while the fountain to the southern part of the park is themed to represent the seas.

In the middle of the Place de la Concorde there is another prominent historical Paris landmark. It is an Egyptian obelisk tower with a myriad of hieroglyphic writings. The obelisk actually comes from Egypt and dates back to around the time of Pharaoh Ramses II. This monumental structure was given to the French by the Egyptian government in the nineteenth century.

Visitors to the Place de la Concorde marvel at the many photo opportunities there are. The view that you can get of the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower make this a prime location for photography that defines Paris. It is also just a nice place to relax and enjoy the many sights and attractions Paris has to offer.

Place de la Concorde Hotels

Hotel de Crillon  

Hotel de Crillon is a five-star luxury hotel located right on Place de la Concorde. The location is ideal if you want experience this famous attraction on your doorstep and the facilities and rooms are grand and luxurious. This is one of the highest rated hotels in the Place de la Concorde area, receiving positive reviews from customers who say that the location, service and value are excellent.

Sofitel Le Faubourg 

Sofitel Le Faubourg is perfectly situated to see all attractions in Paris. A few minutes walk from the Place de la Concorde metro station, the hotel is also close to the Louvre and Orsay Museums. 5 star luxury including comfortable beds and excellent service await those who stay at Sofitel Le Faubourg.

Tips and Advice

If you plan to see a lot of the main attractions whilst in Paris it is a good idea to get yourself a money saving pass that allows access to all attractions for a one off cost. Passes such as the Paris Pass can get you access to over 60 of the best attractions and sights that Paris has to offer – including sights such as the Musee du Louvre, Sainte-Chapelle and Cathédrale de Notre Dame. The Paris Pass also comes with extras that are extremely useful when visiting Paris such as a free travel card giving you access to the Metro and Buses as well as a 120 page guidebook and a free river cruise and wine tasting. We would highly recommend purchasing a pass such as this to save yourself time, money and hassle when visiting attractions in Paris.

To give you an idea of just how much money and time the Paris Pass could save you, here’s a quick example of some of the most popular attractions and how much you could save by purchasing the Paris Pass:

Attraction Name Normal Adult Entry Price Price with The Paris Pass
Louvre Museum €10.00 FREE
Versailles Palace €18.00 FREE
Paris Opera House €12.00 FREE
Seine River Cruise €12.00 FREE
2 Day Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour €26.00 FREE
Ô Château Wine Tasting €30.00 FREE
Grevin Wax Museum €22.00 FREE
Total Cost €130.00 FREE

As you can see, just these 7 attractions would cost you €130.00 if you were to pay for each of them separately. The Paris Pass gives you free access to these as well as another 50+ other attractions in Paris. As well as this, the Paris Pass comes with a free metro travel card which can cost you over €15 for 2 days.

Prices for The Paris Pass start at €104.00 for a 2-day Adult Pass. As you can see, even if you just visit these 7 attractions, you are still saving over €20 and that’s without considering the other 50+ attractions that are freely available with the purchase of the Paris Pass.

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