Throwback Thursday • Vintage Paris • Place de la Concorde
Place de la Concorde
Located at eastern end of the Champs-Élysées in the 8th arrondissement, Place de la Concorde is the largest square in Paris. It has changed names a dizzying number of times – originally Place Louis XV when it was constructed in 1755, then Place de la Révolution during the French Revolution, when a guillotine was erected in the square where King Louis XVI was executed in 1793. Many important people were executed here, including Queen Marie Antoinette.
In 1795, after the Revolution, it was named Place de la Concorde. In 1814, the name was changed back to Place Louis XV, and in 1826 the square was renamed Place Louis XVI. In 1830 the name was returned to Place de la Concorde and has remained since.
Read the story behind the names and reasons for changes and more here.