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☆ Squares ☆

11/03/2009
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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..

le-marais-9Place des Voges

2007-11-x03-8153d-paris☆ 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..

img_1275Place Vendôme

dsc04107Place de la Concorde

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..

europe2008-chamonix-to-paris-413☆ Place de la Bastille ☆

121-statue-de-la-republiquePlace de la République

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  1. 14/03/2009 18:37

    I love your site! I studied abroad in Paris back in 2001 and get very nostalgic about my experience, pretty much, on a daily basis. Great photographs!

    Best,
    Suz

    http://travelingtravelers.blogspot.com

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