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Place de la Concorde

It is one of the most sumptuous squares in Paris and, despite its magnificent elegance, it was the scene of one of the most critical pages of the French Revolution.
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Place de la Concorde is one of the most sumptuous and largest squares in Paris.

Designed in 1755, it was originally called Place Louis XV in honour of the King of France and in the centre stands a majestic Egyptian obelisk with hieroglyphic inscriptions from the Time of Ramesses in Luxor.

Instead, the sides of the square are embellished with eight female statues representing the main cities of France.

Despite its strong connection to the monarchy, this very square was the scene of some of the bloodiest pages of the French Revolution: in fact, it was here that the guillotine was placed that beheaded 1343 people including Marie Antoinette, Danton and Robespierre.

The current name was given to the square at the very end of the Reign of Terror, dreaming that it would become a place of peace and serenity.

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