Paris is a beautiful city which is full of architectural and historical interests… and many Parisian squares are part of it!
The city of Paris, or the City of Lights for those in the know, overflows with wonderful places and each is more beautiful than the last. You will find nearly 500 different places in Paris!
Among these many Parisian places, you’ll find below a LODGIS selection of 5 places in Paris you should absolutely visit. You can’t miss these 5 places because they are well-known, both to Parisians and foreigners. In other words: Come and see for yourself! They are really worth seeing!
The Place Charles de Gaulle (formerly Place de l’Etoile)
It changed name in 1970 (it was called the Place de l’Etoile until November 9th, 1970) following the disappearance of Charles De Gaulle, arguably the most famous and charismatic President of the 5th French Republic.
But why was it once called the Place de l’Etoile? Because, from the sky (at the top of the Arc de Triomphe), the twelve avenues leading to the square form together a… star.
You’ve got to see this place and marvel at the famous Arc de Triomphe, which is located right in the heart of this Parisian square. We strongly advise you to climb up the Arc de Triomphe to see the amazing view of the axis La Défense / Champs Elysées / Concorde / Louvre. The hustle and bustle of tourists around this place has never and will never change!
The Place de la Concorde
The Place de la Concorde, located in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, is particularly famous for its Obelisk. Did you know that this “tower”, this monument decorated with ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs? It is an obelisk, and that of the Place de la Concorde is called “the Obelisk of Luxor”.
Note that this monument, which is 23 meters tall and very heavy (230 tons), is the oldest in Paris! It was built in 1836 on the Place de la Concorde, and this monolith dates back to 1300BC.
The Place de la République
Recently renovated, the Place de la République is very popular with Parisians. Since its renovation, the pedestrian is much larger and improved. You can enjoy short or long breaks there. It is served by five metro lines (lines 3, 5, 8, 9 and 11) and intersected by nine streets.
Erected on the Place de la République is a colossal bronze statue (9 meters wide and 50 high!) representing Marianne and supported by a stone plinth of 15 meters tall. The monument is highly impressive and well worth a visit!
The Place de la Concorde is ideally located in the 11th arrondissement, one of the most fancy, lively and accessible arrondissement of Paris. That’s the perfect location to settle down in a furnished rental all ready for you! Many apartments, studios, lofts and duplex are offered by LODGIS in the neighborhood of La République.
The Place de la Bastille
The Place de la Bastille is famous for its huge column. But why does this Parisian square bear the name of the Bastille? Because it is the location where the Bastille, famous Parisian prison, was established, “taken” on July 14th, 1789, and destroyed very quickly thereafter (it no longer existed by July 14th, 1790). This is also why this ‘column’ is called the ‘column of July’.
As a symbolic place of the French Revolution, the Place de la Bastille is also an important set of Parisian crossroads, where several bus routes and 3 metro lines (1, 5 and 8) meet. Take this opportunity to look around, but do not look ‘up’ for too long, because the July Column, at 50.52 meters, may make you lose ground…
The Place de la Nation
It completes the famous triangle ‘République – Bastille – Nation’, and has also changed its name over time. During the Revolution, it was named “Place du trône renversé”, then simply “Place du Trône” to finally become the Place de la Nation on July 14th, 1880, as it is known today. It commemorates the French Republic.
The sculpture in the center of the square, called “Le Triomphe de la République” (referring to July 14th, French Bastille Day), somewhat resembles the sculpture found on the Place de la République. They are similar, due to the material they share: bronze.
The sculpture represents the Republic, standing on a chariot pulled by two lions. The interpretations and allegories are endless- you can form your own judgment-but must confess that this sculpture is impressive (very impressive) and is nicely integrated in Nation.
Indeed, the Place de la Nation is ‘surrounded’ by green grass and trees, which throw it into relief by creating a beautiful landscape.