A square for a king Edward VII in Paris!

And this was my initial hangout in Paris when working made me come by here several times and also, rode my car . The post is older but figure with the times need to updated/revised it, and this is as good a moment as any. Therefore, let me tell you about the Place Edouard VII of Paris or Edward VII king of UK in Paris!

Well just thought of the times I spent working in the city and the nice corners I went by on leisure time, even coming back with family. Paris is eternal we say, it is like a virus, once bitten ,it will never go away. Let me tell you a bit on the Place Edouard VII (Edward VII) of Paris.

The Place Édouard-VII is on the 9éme  arrondissement of Paris.  The square was created and takes its present name in 1912;  named after the son of Queen Victoria,  Edward VII, who was king of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 1901 to 1910.  The square is located near the Opéra Garnier with a nice entrance in all its splendor by the Bd des Capucines. The square is adorned with the equestrian Statue of Edward VII.  A bit further on the square from the square de l’Opéra Louis Jouvet  and the Pegasus statue (equestrian statue of the straddling poet  Pegasus carried out in 1897). You see near the Musée des Parfums Fragonard. Another melancholy entrance can be done  from Rue Auber to rue Boudreau left into the Square de l’Opéra Louis Jouvet and further the square Edouard VII.

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On the Place Edouard VII you find the wonderful Theater Edouard VII of which have written before (see post). Froufrou , is the name of the new restaurant with cocktail bar signed by the  Moma Group. Located within the magnificent Edouard VII Theater. I have been to the basement  which from 23h30 you can enjoy  the Cancan Bar Froufrou  in a speakeasy old format. All this from  Wednesday to Sunday, after the shows or dinner, this cocktail bar goes into cabaret mode and offers burlesque shows to go back in time. Webpage: http://www.froufrou-paris.com/

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A bit of history I like

King Edward VII , made himself the artisan of the Entente Cordiale, between France and England. Paris which he appreciated above all the spirit, gastronomy and women, paid homage to him in 1913. The young Paul Landowski wished to register here, far from the style of his Saint Geneviève or the Christ of Corcovado.  In the great tradition of the equestrian statue. The king, guiding his horse calmly, is represented in his role as chief of the armies. He carries, executed with realism, the uniform of Marshal who befits his rank: helmet with panache, coat, jacket probably red barred with a scarf and adorned with decorations, white panties and boots of rider. The choice of this classical iconography also echoes the portraits commissioned by the Sovereign in his own country. It is that it is indeed an official portrait, to express the nobility and the power, in the center of a place strictly authorised.

At the end of the 18C, there were built 18 private hotels in the rue Caumartin, a few steps from the Boulevard des Capucines, which was then a place of promenade established on ancient fortifications dating back to King Louis XIII. In the 19C, in the purest Haussmann tradition, this boulevard had seen the erection of monumental buildings of five floors. Finally, in 1913, Nénot, the architect of the new Sorbonne and the Palais de la League des Nations in Geneva, had pierced a street in a piecemeal gap in order to carry out an extensive urban and real estate program. A street that was to take the name of Edward VII, in homage to the King of the UK, who had worked so much in the Franco-British rapprochement.

From 1921, the premises were gradually occupied and privatized by the central services of the Société Générale bank, the rue Edouard VII became a private lane closed by barriers. Follows in the suburbs of the Société Générale bank offices in 1992, the neighborhood  is rehabilitated from 1995 to 1999.  Thus, in the rue Edouard VII which will regain its appearance and function of origin with promenade and shops , it removes the barriers that block the  access and the grids that disfigured the facades, while it restores the wooden storefronts of the shops of the beginning of the last century.

Closest parking Édouard VII , 23 rue de Caumartin, but I always used the Parking Opéra-Meyerbeer, 3 Rue de la Chaussée d’Antin. On public transports you can do the  RER A Auber, RER  E Haussmann-Saint Lazare, and the metro station Opéra lines  3, 7, 8 . A  bit further metro station  Madeleine lines 8 12 ,14. Bus lines 20, 21, 24, 27, 29, 42, 52, 68, 81, 84, 94, and 95 all take you close.  I have used 24 27 84 and 95 very nicely in that area. Of course as with the times need to verify these routes today

The webpage of the Paris Tourist office is on the theater but it gives you a feeling of the area the square is in: https://en.parisinfo.com/paris-museum-monument/71678/Theatre-Edouard-VII

A French weppage on the history of the 9éme arrondissement and the Place Edouard VII and the king: http://www.neufhistoire.fr/articles.php?lng=fr&pg=2668&tconfig=0

Hope it helps your enjoyment of this bit of space of my gorgeous Paris. The area is quant, nice , super, worth the detour for a walk, and walk is best in Paris!

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

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4 Comments to “A square for a king Edward VII in Paris!”

  1. It’s a good idea to talk about Place Edouard VII, which has been radically transformed in recent years to become a kind of chic and comfortable public space away from traffic in the centre of an upmarket business district. It is entertaining, for instance, to look for the optical illusion of a volume drawn by lines on several facades.

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  2. Thanks for another interesting travel tip.

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