The Place Vendôme (French pronunciation: [plas vɑ̃dom]), earlier known as Place Louis-le-Grand, and also as Place Internationale, is a square in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, France, located to the north of the Tuileries Gardens and east of the Église de la Madeleine. It is the starting point of the Rue de la Paix. Its regular architecture by Jules Hardouin-Mansart and pedimented screens canted across the corners give the rectangular Place Vendôme the aspect of an octagon. The original Vendôme Column at the centre of the square was erected by Napoleon I to commemorate the Battle of Austerlitz; it was torn down on 16 May 1871, by decree of the Paris Commune, but subsequently re-erected and remains a prominent feature on the square today.
The Place Vendôme was begun in 1698 as a monument to the glory of the armies of Louis XIV, the Grand Monarque, and called Place des Conquêtes, to be renamed Place Louis le Grand, when the conquests proved temporary. An over life-size equestrian statue of the king by François Girardon (1699) was donated by the city authorities and set up in its centre. It is believed to be the first large modern equestrian statue to be cast in a single piece. It was destroyed in the French Revolution; however, there is a small version in the Louvre. This led to the popular joke that while Henri IV dwelled among the people by the Pont Neuf, and Louis XIII among the aristocrats of the Place des Vosges, Louis XIV preferred the company of the tax farmers in the Place Vendôme; each reflecting the group they had favoured in life.
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Melody Laker | Jan 25, 2018
Don't go for jewellery! Went for the indoor antiques market / hall. But there was nothing left. The whole place was empty but for two shops deep in the recesses of the creepy shopping centre. Nice buildings but otherwise avoid
Borut Strlič | Nov 5, 2017
Place Vendôme is a very well known visiting spot that I advise everyone to pass. It hosts some of the top-tier establishments like the Ritz hotel, luxury jewelry shops and also the new Louis Vuitton flagship store that will offer a great shopping experience...or window shopping experience, depending on your needs. The square also hosts an obelisk that overviews the mentioned buildings. As the square is just a stone throw away from the Opera Bastille it is really 15-20 minutes that it will cost you to see it.
Raa Farah | Feb 13, 2018
A nice place to visit for a very short time, no place or cafe to sit just luxury shopping that you can find in many other areas in Paris...
Lourdes Carbó | Feb 17, 2018
The roses at Costos Hotel are impressive. It safed our client's request!
Daniel Boluda | Oct 10, 2017
Magnificent square with awesome architectural masterpieces surrounded by the top jewelery brand stores. If you love shopping this is your place. Not jammed with cars and convenient to walk along.
Samarth Rastogi | Mar 22, 2018
Historical place with all famous historical Jewelers of France. Not much to see but still a place with history so worth going g if you are in the area. Also it's not too far from Lafayette galleria which is another huge shopping mall. On the way there are other Jewelers which might be of interest for those interested in jewelry.
GreenLight2Health - search me on Google! | Mar 26, 2018
A very nice square in a posh area. Most stores around r selling hi-end watches :)
Yossi Miller | Apr 6, 2018
It is a relatively, silent square, especially, at evening time in the very center of Paris. It was surprisingly silent, during Christmas time. The high column in the center of the square and the surrounding not too high buildings, which mark it's shape and give the expression of the Colon's magnitude , make the beauty of it. I like less the theme m: the gloryfication of Napoleon, imitating Trayan's Colon in Rome.
فالح الهاجري | Apr 8, 2018
Luxurious stores! When you’re in this area, don’t miss the afternoon tea in the Ritz! ;)
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