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Place des Victoires in Paris
Place des Victoires, a royal square
Place des Victoires is a prestigious square dedicated to the victories of Louis XIV, the Sun King.
It is one of the 5 royal squares in Paris (with Place des Vosges in the historic Marais, Place Dauphine on Ile de la Cité, Place Vendôme and Place de la Concorde near the Louvre, Tuileries and Champs-Elysées.)
A prime location!
A square framed with elegant mansions
Marshal de la Feuillade initiated the creation of the square that was developed in 1685 on the site of an old mansion (Hôtel de La Ferté-Senneterre) and surrounding grounds.
The original square created by the architect Hardouin-Mansart acquired its current shape (a perfect circle with a diameter of 80m) in the mid 19th century, during Baron Haussmann’s renovation of Paris.
The prestigious mansions that frame it were all designed on the same model in order to create an elegant architectural unit.
The ground-floor arcades have now given way to luxury fashion boutiques.
The first floor was intended for luxury accommodation and is connected to the floor above by Ionic style pilasters.
Finally elegant dormer-windows open the attic floor where the servants’ rooms were located.
Equestrian statue of Louis XIV
François Bosio sculpted the imposing equestrian statue of Louis XIV that marks the centre of the square and was inaugurated on August 25, 1822.
Bosio was inspired by Falconet’s equestrian bronze statue of Peter the Great of Russia in Saint Petersburg.
A first statue of Louis XIV was erected at the creation of the square.
However, the revolutionaries melted it and replaced it with a wooden pyramid in the late 18th century.
This monument left place to a statue of a General of Empire that stayed in place until 1822.
Place des Victoires is less known to tourists, but is worth a detour for its luxury fashion shops and the harmonious elegance of its architecture.
Directions: 1st-2nd district
Metro stations: Bourse or Sentier on Line 3
Coordinates: Lat 48.865999 – Long 2.341102