☆ Squares ☆
Designed for gatherings and celebrations, the “places” (squares), of royal or republican origin, are highly symbolic places..
Their layout was artfully thought out to glorify the statue of a king or the emblem of power erected at their centre..
Place Dauphine was thus linked to Henri IV, place des Vosges to Louis XIII, and place des Victoires to Louis XIV..
☆ Place des Victoires ☆
Louis XV was replaced in place Vendôme by the column of Napoléon, and dethroned at Concorde by the obelisk of Louis-Philippe..
As their names indicate, the place de la Bastille, place de la République and place de la Nation seek rather to exalt revolutions and values of citizenship..
☆ Place de la Bastille ☆