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Place Vendome, Paris

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Place Vendome is the centerpiece of a magnificent eight-sided square, first laid out in 1699 to show off an equestrian statue of Louis XIV. The statue was removed amid revolutionary fervor in 1792, and replaced in 1806 with the Colonne de la Grande Armée. This was modeled on Trajan's column in Rome, and decorated with Napoleon's military exploits. The present column is a replica, however, as the original was pulled down during the 1871 Paris Commune. This square represents the best of well-heeled Paris, and is home to an abundance of exclusive boutiques, jewelers, and fashion labels, including Cartier, Boucheron, Trussardi, van Cleef & Arpels, along with several banks, the French Ministry of Justice, and the Ritz Hotel. Put Place Vendome into our Paris trip itinerary tool and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Located between the "old" opera and the "Tuilleria", the square is one of the so-called "five royal squares". It was designed more than three hundred years ago in the classicist splendour style of the time and is lined with magnificent houses, such as the Ministry of Justice and the Hotel Ritz, as well as numerous sales outlets. In the middle is the 44-metre-high "Colonne Vendome" (Triumpf Column) with a statue of Napoleon Bonaparte in the style of a Roman Emperor. Reliefs on the column show scenes from the Battle of Austerlitz, which established Napoleon's fame.
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  • Another point of Paris that enchants us, a huge square great for meeting point and even to rest right in the heart of Paris .
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  • I read up on this monument as that was what I thought it was. The area was originally for houses but unfortunately bankers moved in and created opulent homes. Luckily the square has remained intact. Now there are bankers and jewellers among the buildings. As you can see the square was rather quite as it was early morning when we came to see it. Not many places to sit down and rest until you get to the park. Luckily we took our sunglasses as it was a gorgeous day in February 19.
  • Not the most popular yet very interesting place to be. Strongly recommend to reap up some history on the Place Vendome itself as well as the famous Ritz hotel.
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