| Symbol of French Luxury and Refinement |

Place Vendome Paris, named this way since 1799 after having successively been called Place des Conquests, Place Louis-le-Grand from 1699 and Place des Piques from 1792, is a square in Paris, located in the 1st arrondissement, 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 architecture is from Jules Hardouin-Mansart (1646-1708 – the architect of the Palace of Versailles). Its pedimented screens canted across the corners give the Place Vendôme the aspect of an octagon.

The Royal Place Vendome Paris

Along with the Place des Victoires, the Place de la Concorde, the Place des Vosges and the Place Dauphine, it is one of the five royal squares. Becoming a central place in jewelry, the Place Vendôme is along with the Rue de la Paix, the epicentre of elegance. With a number of couturiers and milliners such as Dior, Chanel, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Chaumet, Rolex, Van Cleef, Cartier… Place Vendome Paris holds the Ritz Palace Hotel. Chancellors Residence and Seals keepers, the Hôtel de Bourvallais is the headquarters of the Ministry of Justice in Place Vendome.

Place Vendome Paris name origin

Actually, its name comes from the Hôtel de Vendôme and its gardens, on the site the square was built. It had been built for César de Vendôme, son of Henri IV and Gabrielle d’Estrées.
Imagined by Louis XIV to organize royal events in 1699, Place Vendôme was chosen by wealthy notables to establish their residence or business. It was also the scene of major political stages, such as the French Revolution. The Revolution leaders installed their provisional government there and destroyed the equestrian statue of Louis XIV. At the time the Sun King statut was built in its center.

Napoleon Place Vendome Paris Column

In 1810, the 44-metre-high Vendôme column, which still stands today was erected by Napoleon. He casts in the bronze 1,200 cannons of the enemy armies. Napoleon wanted to commemorate the Battle of Austerlitz. The column t was torn down on 16 May 1871, by decree of the Paris Commune, but subsequently re-erected. It remains a prominent feature on the square today. Since then, it is the luxury jewelers who have taken possession of the square. Indeed, Place Vendome in Paris is a symbol for foreign visitors of French luxury and refinement.

UNESCO World Heritage

Moreover, most of the facades that line the square are classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, they represent the classical Parisian architecture and are worth the trip alone. But the Place Vendôme is above all renowned today throughout the world as one of the high places of luxury, the famous palace Le Ritz is an institution, as well as brands such as Chanel, Cartier or Chaumet International.

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