Paris’ largest square - Concorde
Only 20 minutes by subway from the Hotel Relais Saint Charles, one discovers Place de la Concorde, which is one of Paris’ most famous sites, situated between the Champs Elysées and the Tuileries Gardens’ entry.
During the French Revolution, this square was witness to more than a thousand deaths by guillotine, for example, King Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, Robespierre.
In the middle of the Place de la Concorde, one finds the Obelisk of Luxor- the oldest of Paris’ monument dating back to thirteenth century before Jesus Christ. It measures 23 meters in height and weighs 230 tons.
The Obelisk is situated at the center of an oval and flanked by two fountains constructed during the same period. At each corner of the square, there is a statue representing major French cities: Lille, Strasbourg, Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux, Nantes, Brest and Rouen.
Onc can admire two fountains, which symbolize respectively river and ocean navigation. The fountains are imitations of those found at the Place Saint-Pierre in Rome and the columns are decorated with a ship’s bow, emblem of Paris.
The Place de la Concorde with its Obelisk hails as the largest urban construction of the eighteenth century at Paris.
Numerous cultural manifestations and gatherings are held here. During Christmas holidays, the Grande Roue de la Concorde, a ferris wheel, offers a unique view of the city illuminated by thousands of lights.