Posted by: danielfee | June 30, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 06-30-2012

The Obelisk at Place de la Concorde

 

Place de la Concorde – Paris, France

Place de la Concorde was the site of many bloodbaths during the French Revolution. During the Terror, over 1,200 people were guillotined here, including Louis XVI, Maximilien Robespierre and Marie-Antoinette. The Place de la Concorde was laid out in 1757 by the royal architect Jacques-Ange Gabriel as a backdrop for an equestrian statue of Louis XV and is located at the end of the Champs-Elysees. The 3,300 year-old obelisk at the center of the square was a gift to France in 1829 by Egyptian Viceroy Mohammed Ali. It is a twin of the obelisk which stands in front of the Temple of Luxor  on the east bank of the Nile River in the city today known as Luxor. Over 200,000 Parisians turned out and cheered as the French engineer Le Bas and his 120 man team raised the obelisk in 1836. If you stand in the center of Place de la Concorde and look to the east you will see the Louvre and its entrance pyramid and if you look to the west you will see the Arc de Triomphe at the opposite end of the Champs-Elysees.

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Responses

  1. I LOVE the perspective of the first shot. I’m always so impressed when I see a new angle on the Tour Eiffel! Nice!

    • Thanks, I also thought it was pretty cool.

  2. Ah, Paris. My favourite city so far… (so much history and so much to see, it is also very beautiful).


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