Paris, the City of Lights, has always been a center of tourist attractions, as it has many amazing places travelers can visit. From the iconic Eiffel Tower to the world-class art museums, there is more than enough to see in this beautiful and charming city.
The history of Paris alone is sufficient to bring the visitors to its gates. For the art lovers across the countries, Paris has got all kinds of art movements such as Surrealism, Post-Impressionism, Dada, Fauvism, and Cubism. Even some of the renowned artists of France such as Andre Derrain, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, and Georges Braque have left their mark in the city’s culture.
Visiting the Place des Vosges
The Place des Vosges was formerly known as Place Royale and is the oldest square in Paris. It was completed in the early 17th Century and was built by Henri IV. It is said that a famous hotel, named Hotel de Tournelles, stood on this site before the construction of Place Royale.
Located in the Marais between the third and fourth endorsement of Paris, the Place des Vosges is widely known as “The jewel of the Marais district”. In the 17th and 18th Centuries, the place was considered to be the fashionable and expensive square to live in.
The Place Des Vosges is a perfectly symmetrical square of 140 by 140 meters and is bordered by thirty-six buildings. The symmetry ordered by Henri IV has the same design; facades made of red bricks with stone wedges, vaulted arcades that run through the entire colonnaded ground floor, and steep slate roofs dotted with small dormer windows. Today, these arcades are occupied by pricey antique shops, art galleries, and elegant cafes.
The two exceptions in the regular geometry of the square are, the King’s pavilion and the Queen’s pavilion, as both of these buildings are one story higher than the rest of the pavilions. You can see a grove of chestnut and mature lime trees around the center of the square, from where the paths converge, separated by four sets of flowerbeds with a beautiful fountain.
The peaceful square is a favorite dwelling place for the French aristocracy. Some of the famous French people who lived there include Madame de Sevigne, Victor Hugo, and Cardinal de Richelieu. The Victor Hugo house is located at the Hôtel de Rohan-Guéménée in the square, while the author of the novel “Les Miserables” lived on the second floor.