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November 25, 2021

Place de la Concorde!!!

Really should I give it a different name, this short one says it all to the world, this is the Place de la Concorde of my eternal Paris. A must to walk it and see its wonders of architecture and history all around it.  So this is a very popular spot in my eternal Paris. It seems the world convenes here after a long walk along the Ave de Champs Elysées or the Rue de Rivoli! I was lucky enough to even worked just around the corner from it and walk to work from the Gare Saint Lazare passing close and seeing it every day . Of course, I have told you about it before in my blog, but this is new text , more history and new older photos not in my blog yet. Hope you enjoy the Place de la Concorde of Paris!

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Well this is the most famous square in Paris, me and many others think.  However, do you know it started out named “Place Louis XV” in 1763. Later named “Place de la Révolution”  during the period of terror in the French revolution, and finally took the name of the  Place de la Concorde” in  1795, to mark the reconciliation of a Nation. Again, it was re-named  “Place Louis XV” in 1814, and further  “Place Louis XVI” in 1826.  It was not until the reign of king of the French Louis-Philippe in 1830, that it takes the current name for good of the  Place de la Concorde”. As Concord or harmony of a nation. King Louis XVI was guillotined on January 21, 1793 as well as Queen Marie-Antoinette, the Girondins, Danton, Mme Roland, Robespierre and many others. During the reign of Terror, 1119 people died there.

Public transport passing by here or close are bus lines 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 26, 27, and 28. Metro stations  Concorde- Line 1 | station Balard -Line 8 | station Porte de la Chapelle / Mairie d’Issy – Line 12. Also, the wonderful underground parking Concorde !webpage:

More of this wonderful unique Place de la Concorde!

The Place de la Concorde is located at the center via the Pont de la Concorde which crosses the Seine towards the 7éme arrondissement, on the Palais Bourbon.  Administratively, the square itself is located in the Champs-Élysées district of which it is the eastern end. But the two buildings that border it to the north, on either side of the rue Royale, are in the Madeleine district, still in the 8éme arrondissement, while the Tuileries garden which adjoins it is located in the Saint -Germain-l’Auxerrois of the 1éme arrondissement.

Looking around we can say the Place de la Concorde has the following landmarks, On the north side, at the end of rue Royale, you will see the Madeleine Church. The building to the east is the Hôtel de la Marine, On the west side, the buildings were initially mansions of senior officials. They are now partly home to the Hôtel de Crillon, one of the most luxurious palaces in the world, and the Automobile Club de France, a private club. Finally, to the left of these buildings, set back, is the United States Embassy, ​​built in the 20C. In contrast, on the south side of the square, behind the Pont de la Concorde, you will see the Palais Bourbon, an 18C building which is today the parliament of French deputies, the National Assembly (see post). On the east side is the Tuileries Garden, (see post) one of the most beautiful gardens in Paris, and on the west side is the Avenue des Champs-Elysées, (see post) the most beautiful avenue in the world !

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The ditches were filled in, two fountains were installed, statues representing towns in France, rostral columns and above all the Luxor obelisk which had been offered to King Charles X. It is the largest square in Paris, and one of the most famous sites in Paris with its emblematic obelisk. Eight statues are placed on the corner sentry boxes representing eight French towns. Lyon, Marseille, Lille, Strasbourg, Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux and Nantes, In 1795, a famous sculpted group, the horses of Marly was placed at the entrance to the Champs-Elysées. On either side of the obelisk, are place two large cast iron fountains, called the Fountain of the Seas and the Fountain of the Rivers. The square was surrounded by candelabra and rostral columns.

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In 1913, Camille Flammarion proposed to the City of Paris to draw on the Place de la Concorde the lines of the largest sundial in the world. The City released funds in 1938, but WWII interrupted the progress of the work. Flammarion’s dream was finally realized on June 21, 1999, the day of the summer solstice, at the initiative of the Astronomical Society of France. The 31.4 meter high obelisk serves as a style for the dial. The curves of the solstices, the lines of the equinoxes and the lines of hours were marked, on the pedestrian zones, by heat-sealed bands in bronze color and, on the roadway, by 400 bronze nails.

A curious plaque remains visible at the corner of Place de la Concorde and rue Boissy d´Anglas. Protected by a piece of plexiglas, it mentions a curious name to say the least. It is in fact the Place Louis XVI. It recalls the name that the square bore between 1826 and 1828 and the beheading of the king on this same square on January 21, 1793. Difficult to read and difficult to admit that this mark has survived when we know what happened on this so-called Royal square at the time.

The last architectural development was in 1931 with the disappearance of the Hotel Grimod de La Reynière, built in 1775 in compliance with Gabriel’s ordinance but disfigured over time by successive additions, and its replacement by the United States Embassy in accordance with the original project. Since 1937, no notable change can affect the place which is classified as a whole a historical monument of France.

The Paris tourist office on the Place de la Concorde:

The outings webpage of the city of Paris sortir Paris on the Place de la Concorde in French:

There you go folks, a wonderful must see while in Paris. Get the inmense feeling of this eternal beautiful city with the sights of architecture and history all around you in the Place de la Concorde!!! Paris is indeed a mouvable feast!

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

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November 25, 2021

The port de l’Arsenal of Paris!

And even thus, have mentioned in previous posts, briefly, feels it needs a post of its own. This is quant, historical and great works of my eternal Paris. The area is visited often and especially for the night owls of the Place de la Bastille. However, need to tell you more with new text and older pictures on the Port de l’Arsenal of Paris!

The port de l’Arsenal or bassin de l’ Arsenal, connects the Saint-Martin canal (see post) to the Seine river, between the quai de la Rapée and the place de la Bastille. It was once a freight port which since 1983 has become a marina. It is part of the network of Parisian canals and constitutes the border between the 4éme and 12éme arrondissements of Paris. The reason it was named Port de l’Arsenal is because it served from the 16C to the 19C as a depository for weapons and ammunition.

The Arsenal basin has a body of water which is 3 meters above the level of the Seine river. It is connected to the river by a lock to allow navigation. The Arsenal lock is the 9th lock on the Saint-Martin canal. A footbridge, called the Passarelle Mornay, (Rue Mornay) was built in 1895. Spanning the two banks of the Arsenal basin, it links Boulevard Bourdon in the 4éme arrondissement to Boulevard de la Bastille in the 12éme arrondissement. The Paris-Arsenal marina opened in 1983, offers 177 berths. When the marina was put in place, the Port-de-l’Arsenal garden was created on the east bank of the basin, on the Boulevard de la Bastille side; in 2017 it was integrated into the newly created Rives-de-Seine park. The Jardin de l’Arsenal is located 53 boulevard de la Bastille in the Place de la Bastille, on the western edge of the Arsenal basin, Inside, the space is more classic, but nicely highlighted by a rose garden, sculptures and pergolas that bloom in the spring. You will also find a large playground for children and a restaurant with terrace, very pleasant on sunny days. See the picturesque little wind mill at the entrance to garden too!

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Indeed, there is no other port that allows river cruise passengers to stop in Paris! You should also know that the cost of parking at the Port de l’Arsenal is, for the same length, about twice as high as on the banks of the Seine. you have to be very sociable to live in this village where the boats, if they are not side by side, are perpendicular to the quay and therefore very close to each other. In return, there is a real common life with a Yacht Club created in 1983, which organizes the barbecue at the Port de l’Arsenal every first Thursday of the month, In order to facilitate stopovers, boats holding an annual mooring agreement must leave the port at least 21 days a year, including 7 consecutive days between June 1 and September 30. For boats less than 8 meters, 30 days out are mandatory.

A bit of history I like

Between the 16C and 19C, on the site of the basin stands an arsenal which gave it its name. To reinforce the defense capacities of the city of Paris, Charles V the Wise decides to build an additional enclosure in 1356 surrounded by two ditches, which will then be regrouped in only one under François Ier. At the time of Henri II, two bastions were added to that of the Bastille, After the destruction of the Bastille during the French revolution in July 1789, the Arsenal basin was dug to replace the ditch that filled the moat of the fortress with water of the Seine. The Canal Saint-Martin was built between 1822 and 1825, joining the Bassin de la Villette and the Seine at the Arsenal. It made it possible to shorten the journey between Quai Henri-IV and Île Saint-Denis from 35 to 12 km, passing under Place de la Bastille and at the same time bringing drinking water to the heart of Paris.

.The passage of the metro, upstream of line n ° 1 and downstream of line n ° 5 of the basin, required the construction of two metal bridges at the Bastille, for the rails and the station, and the widening of the Morland bridge. above the lock, in 1879 and 1928. The Arsenal metro station, now closed, is located on line 5 Bobigny / Pablo Picasso – Place d’Italie. Closed September 2, 1939, it has never been reopened. The access to the station was located on Boulevard Bourdon, at the outlet of the Mornay footbridge which crosses the port of Arsenal.

The Paris tourist office on the port de l’Arsenal

The city of Paris on the port de l’Arsenal

The Fayolle marine, management company of the port de l’Arsenal

There you go folks, another dandy in beautiful Paris. This one could be call an off the beaten path sight but worth the detour me think. When I go, I parked by the Bastille Indigo parking next to it, wonderful walks thereafter! Hope you enjoy the Port de l’Arsenal of Paris as I

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

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