Place des Victoires, Paris

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The Place des Victoires is a circular place in Paris, located a short distance northeast from the Palais Royal and straddling the border between the 1st and the 2nd arrondissements. The Place des Victoires is at the confluence of six streets: Rue de la Feuillade, Rue Vide Gousset, Rue d'Aboukir, Rue Étienne Marcel, Rue Croix des Petits Champs, and Rue Catinat.HistoryAt the center of the Place des Victoires is an equestrian monument in honor of King Louis XIV, celebrating the Treaties of Nijmegen concluded in 1678-79. A marshal of France, François de la Feuillade, vicomte d'Aubusson, on his own speculative initiative, demolished the old private mansions on the site. Feuillade's project was soon taken over by the Bâtiments du Roi, a department attached to the king's household, and the royal architect, Jules Hardouin Mansart, was entrusted with redesigning a grander complex of buildings, still in the form of a ring of private houses, to accommodate a majestic statue of the triumphant king.Mansart's conceptionMansart's design, of 1685, articulated the square's unified façades according to a formula utilised in some Parisian hôtels particuliers, (palatial private homes). Mansart chose colossal pilasters linking two floors, standing on a high arcaded base with rustication of the pilasters; the façades were capped with sloping slate "mansard roofs", punctuated by dormer windows. However, because the building work was incomplete at the time of the unveiling of the monument, the envisioned façades were painted on canvas. By 1692, the Place des Victoires was pierced by six streets, and the circular plan functioned as a flexible joint to harmonize their various axes.
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  • I found this square quieter, with less traffic and an interesting equestrian statue of Louis XIV, in the center. There's no big commercial movement.
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  • It's been a while since I wondered what was the 4th Royal place of the capital, and now the place of victories has come back to my mind. Of course, with such a beautiful equestrian statue of Louis XIV who has been there for two centuries, how can it be otherwise? In addition, for once, the word "victory" does not refer to Napoleon. Yes, our Kings have for many also had their moments of glory, while saying of one who was one of our greatest sovereigns. The square, surrounded by beautiful haussmannian buildings, is circular in shape, very unusual, which therefore deserves to be underlined. One is rather accustomed to a rectilinear geometry, as with the place des Vosges, the place Vendôme or the place Concorde, to name only the Royal squares. I do not know why this place is often forgotten, as it happened to me. Yet it is really very aesthetic in its design, and the fact that it is slightly elevated, in relation to certain axes that surround it, gives it even more grandeur. It is close to the Royal Palace and Vivienne Street known for its numismatists.
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