Paris is a beautiful city which is full of architectural and historical areas… and many Parisian squares are part of it!
The city of Paris, or the City of Lights for the respondents, contains some places that are far more beautiful than the other. They are small, huge, historical, confidential… you will find nearly 500 different places in Paris.
Among these many Parisian places, you’ll find below a selection of 5 places in Paris you should absolutely see. You can’t miss these 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 9, 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 can’t miss it since it is visible thanks to a set of tiles of different colors.
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. If you are courageous enough, we strongly advise you to climb (getting to the top of by foot!) the Arc de Triomphe for the view of the axis La Défense / Champs Elysées / Concorde / Louvre worth the effort. 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 “tour” is monument dating back to ancient Egyptian scripture? It is an obelisk, and that of the Place de la Concorde is called “the Obelix 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 the Parisians. Since its renovation, the pedestrian is much larger and improved. You can enjoy short or long breaks there. It is served by 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 (which is 9 meters wide and 50 high!) representing Marianne, who is even supported by a stone plinth that alone is 15 meters tall. The monument is highly impressive and well worth a visit!
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 on which 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 look around, but do not look ‘up’ for too long, because the July Column, at 50.52 meters, may make you lose yourself….
The Place de la Nation
It joins together 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 people of 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.