Visit Place de la Concorde & the Grand Palais Royal Paris
Place Vendome is a square in Paris, located to the north of the Louvre Museum and Tuileries Gardens and east of the Église de la Madeleine. It starts at Rue de la Paix.
Its architecture, designed by Jules Hardouin-Mansart, of broad triangular gables on the facade of the corners give the rectangular Place Vendôme the aspect of an octagon.
Not far from Place de la Concorde the square houses the Place Vendome Column (Colonne Vendôme) at the center, which was erected by Napoleon to commemorate the battle of Austerlitz.
The present column is a replica of the original which was pulled down during the 1871 Paris Commune.
The centerpiece of a magnificent 8-sided square was first laid out in 1699 to show off an equestrian statue of the Sun King, Louis XIV but Paris history shows that during the Revolutionary fervor in 1792, the statue was removed.
Place Vendome and the Vendome Column
In 1806 the equestrian statue of Louis XIV was replaced with the Colonne de la Grande Armée, modeled on Trajan’s Column in Rome, similar to the the Colonne de Juillet (July Column) standing in the middle of Place de la Bastille.
The 44 meter column contains 425 spiralling bas-relief bronze plates made from melted-down cannons taken from the combined armies of Europe.
A View of the Vendome Column from Rue de Castiglione
The Place Vendome is famous not only for its Paris history but also for its fashionable and deluxe hotels such as the Ritz Hotel, exclusive boutiques, jewellers and fashion labels – Cartier, Boucheron, Trussardi, van Cleef Arpels, several banks and the French Ministry of Justice.
Place Vendome and the Famous Hotel Ritz Paris
The magnificent building of the Ritz Hotel Paris was constructed in the early part of the 18th century as a private dwelling; it was converted into a luxury hotel by César Ritz and opened its doors to the public on June 1, 1898.
Luxurious Bar at the Paris Ritz Hotel
The façade was designed by Jules Hardouin Mansart. The Hotel Ritz Paris faces Place Vendôme with its many luxurious shops, and on the opposite side, the rooms overlook its famous garden.
Luxury Ladies Room at the Paris Ritz Hotel – That’s Me in the Mirror
This hotel is a favourite of many of the world’s famous people, with luxurious suites named for some of its notable patrons from the past.
This was the last place visited by Princess Diana on her fateful night in Paris.
The Hotel Ritz Paris offers luxury rooms, restaurants, several bars and a garden café.
The hotel’s restaurant, L’Espadon, was awarded its 2nd Michelin star in 2009 by the influential Michelin Red Guide.
Take a stroll through the hotel and enjoy the beautiful art and architecture of the hallways, boutiques, restaurants and bars.
Treat yourself to a lunch, dinner or a few glasses of wine at the Hotel Ritz Paris.
Its worth the exquisite experience.
As you walk through the hallways you can stop and shop in the boutiques or select one of the fabulous bars to rest and relax in and admire the gorgeous furniture.
For many years, the Hotel Ritz Paris was home to Ernest Hemmingway and Coco Channel.
One of the bars is actually named after Ernest Hemmingway and is an exciting place to discover, have a drink and reminisce history.
Afterward, you can stroll all the way to the back of the Hotel Ritz Paris and leave through the back entrance, the last entrance the Princess Diana walked through on that fateful night.
The location of Hotel Ritz Paris is central and close to great shopping either on Rue de Castiglione and Place Vendome.
Also be sure to check out the side streets Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Rue Saint-Honoré, and Rue de la Paix nearby for more shopping.
Rue Saint-Honoré was an old medeival shopping district and has kept its charm with haute couture boutiques and quaint restaurants and bistrots, great for people watching.
The Grand Place de la Concorde
Place de la Concorde is gigantic square at the edge of the Louvre gardens and a central location from where you can either walk over to Place Vendome and the see the Vendome Column and the Ritz Hotel Paris, or head over to the famous shopping and restaurant district on the Champs Elysees Boulevard.
Place de la Concorde at the Entrance of the Pont de la Concorde Bridge
While you are here at this center location of Paris, consider taking a ride on the huge ferris wheel to enjoy the beautiful vistas of Paris.
Place de la Concorde with the Giant Ferris Wheel and Pont de la Concorde Bridge
Near Place de la Concorde, you can stroll along the Seine to the beautiful Alexandre III Bridge and cross over to the Left Bank of Paris. This route will easily take you to the Musee d’Orsay Museum if you follow the Seine River towards the Eiffel Tower (which you can see from everywhere).
The Romantic Alexandre III Bridge near Place de la Concorde
Palais Royal Paris – A Hidden Treasure
Located opposite to the north wing of the Louvre, the Palais Royal is often missed by visitors but is well worth your while to visit. I discovered it while wandering around the side streets near the Louvre.
Escape to the Beautiful Palais Royal Paris
It was a delightful surprise my first time in Paris because I had no idea it was there. Now I visit it to experience the tranquillity of the square and jardin beyond the noise of Rue de Rivoli. It is located on Rue St. Honore, one street north of Rue de Rivoli.
Les Jardins du Palais Royal
Here is a liitle historical background which may inspire your interest.
Le Palais Royal was originally the home of Cardinal de Richelieu (1585-1642) and was called Palais Cardinal.
King Louis XIIIth completed the Palais in 1636 and it became Le Palais Royal.
Anne d’Autriche, Louis XIIIth’s wife, came to live here to get away from the Louvre palace.
It eventually housed Louis the XIVth until his move to Versailles.
At Place du Palais Royal there are beautiful gardens, Les Jardins du Palais Royal, enclosed within the buildings.
There are numerous upscale Paris restaurants and boutiques inside and north of the garden, including the famous Le Grand Véfour.
Take a break on the terrace and sip on a glass of wine while admiring the beauty of your surroundings.
One of the Many Lovely Restaurants and Cafes at Palais Royal Paris
There are also the magnificent black and white striped Colonnes de Buren installed within the inside yard among the XVIIth century architecture.
Black and White Striped Colonnes de Buren at Palais Royal Paris
The large courtyard is yet another place to relax and enjoy a meal, or read a book, or enjoy the views of the grand architecture and gardens, and watch people strolling and children playing.
Today, Le Palais Royal is occupied by the Conseil d’État, the Constitutional Council, and the Ministry of Culture.
While you are in the neighbourhood visiting the Louvre, or the Place Vendome, plan to include a visit to the historical Palais Royal Paris and its enchanting courtyard and gardens.
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