Sunday, April 22, 2007

La Place de la Concorde

Located at one end of the Champs-Elysées and along the major axis between the Arc de Triumph and the Louvre Museum, the Place de la Concorde serves as a dedication to King Louis XV. Despite its initial intention, this large square possesses an unpleasant history. During the time of the French Revolution, the site contained a guillotine used to execute criminals as a form of entertainment for the noble class. Known as the “Reign of Terror”, this period of French history included the beheading of famous characters in history such as King Louis XVI, Queen Marie Antoinette, and Robespierre. Now, years after the tragic events of the area, both visitors and citizens can enjoy the beauty of the space. The Egyptian inspired obelisk stands as a soaring landmark while it covers the original location of the guillotine. Adding to the appeal of the area are the tranquil fountains of water on either side of the obelisk and cactus-looking lampposts scattered around the square. In addition, the Place de la Concorde offers a successful connection for vehicular and pedestrian traffic before entering the Jardin des Tuileries.
Patrick Lee

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