Place de la Nation, Paris!!

So in closing on this again series of streets of my eternal Paris , I come back to you with a dandy but hardly ever gone by. I had one of my bosses in Paris lived by there, and curiosity took me by a while back, took one picture and left. As we are coming to the end of the closings due to the virus I thought provoking to put this post now.

Let me tell you a bit more on the Place de la Nation in Paris.

The Place de la Nation, formerly Place du Trône, then Place du Trône-Renversé, is located on the border of the 11éme and 12éme arrondissements of Paris. This square is located on the road from Paris to Vincennes. There is a nice music kiosk by the bd Diderot side. The square is served by lines 1, 2, 6 and 9 of the Paris metro at Nation station, by RER A station, as well as by bus lines 26, 56, 57, 71, 86, 215 and 351 of the network by RATP, and at night by line N11 of the Noctilien bus network.


If we look clockwise starting with avenue du Trône (from where i was coming from) between the two columns you can count or see the avenue du Trône continuing as far as the Porte de Vincennes via the Cours de Vincennes; avenue du Bel-Air; rue Fabre-d’Églantine; rue Jaucourt; avenue Dorian; boulevard Diderot; rue du Faubourg-Saint-Antoine, leading to Place de la Bastille; Boulevard Voltaire leading to Place de la République, passing through the city/town hall of the 11éme arrondissement; avenue Philippe-Auguste leading to the Père-Lachaise cemetery; the rue de Tunis; avenue de Bouvines; and Avenue Taillebourg.

A bit of history I like

This vast space, which extended into vineyards and market gardens to the enclosure and walls of the gardens of the old village of Pique-Puce occupied by convents, educational or retirement homes, is at origin of the square. A throne was installed on this space on August 26, 1660 for the solemn entry into Paris of Louis XIV and Marie-Thérèse of Austria, (Hapsburgs Infanta of Spain and Portugal, Archduchess of Austria and, when she married Louis XIV, Queen Consort of France and Navarra from 1660 until her death in 1683)   returning from their marriage in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, hence its first name of Place du Trône.

In 1787, Claude-Nicolas Ledoux erected two columns to frame the granting barrier of the wall of the General Farmers and the entrance to the Cours de Vincennes. They were not yet surmounted by statues of Philippe Auguste and Saint Louis which were added only in 1845.

After August 10, 1792, the place was renamed Place du Trône-Renversé or renverse throne square. It was still just a vacant lot. It is in the southern part, the most shaded, near the right pavilion built by Ledoux, that the guillotine is erected on June 13, 1794 with an average of 30 executions per day. The remains were thrown into two mass graves in the Picpus cemetery. Among the guillotined personalities, I notice the Carmelites of Compiègne, on July 17, 1794.

The place takes the current name of Place de la Nation on the occasion of the national holiday of July 14, 1880, under the French Third Republic. Which brings up the motto Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité (liberty, equality,and fraternity) on the pediments of all French public institutions. The central monument, Le Triomphe de la République is a bronze group commissioned in 1879 by the city of Paris. It was the subject of two inaugurations, one in 1889 for the centenary of the French revolution in a painted plaster version, then in 1899 for its final version in bronze. The Republic, at the top of a chariot drawn by two lions, is framed by various allegorical figures: the Genie of Liberty who guides the chariot, the Work symbolized by a blacksmith who pushes the chariot, helped by the allegory of Justice, finally the Abundance which closes the procession by sowing fruit symbols of prosperity. Children accompany or assist the main figures. The preserved central statue is turned towards the Place de la Bastille, thus creating a republican axis frequently used for popular demonstrations.

Lately, under the Mayor of Paris ideas the Place de la Nation has undergone great changes to reduce the flow of traffic in order to revise the sharing of public space hitherto essentially devoted to traffic (the central ring going from 26 to 12 meters) in order to increase the spaces intended for pedestrians, cyclists, green spaces and on the terraces. Another pet project to increase traffic as the number of cars remains the same.

More on the Place de la Nation from the Paris tourist office in English here: Paris tourist office on the Place de la Nation

And there you go folks, another dandy gem in my eternal Paris. Always great architecture and history all over the city and much more to be found, stay tune. the Place de la Nation should be great at night with its restaurants bars around it and great looks.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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