☆ Place Vendôme ☆
Louis XIV had desired a grandiose setting to embody absolute power at the heart of Paris..
And Napoléon was quick to replace the king’s statue, dismantled in 1792, with a bronze column made from 1,200 enemy canons..
However, since the Second Empire, the square, an octagonal gem of classic urban design, has changed its affinities..
Politics have given way to luxury, and the great names in jewellery have made place Vendôme and the adjoining rue de la Paix a continuous stream of diamonds, rubies and emeralds..