Concorde Plaza

 

Here are five amazing things you can do at the Concorde Plaza

1.) Paris Landmarks Walking Tour

This free walking tour from the Opera house to the Concorde Square will show you all the major landmarks of Paris. It’s probably the best introduction into the glamorous City of Light.

 

2.) Tuileries Garden

This garden used to be the garden of the King and the court when the Louvre was a royal palace. Now, this is one of the most popular gardens in Paris, where Parisians like to spend their sunny weekends. A place you should not miss.

 

3.) Night photos of the square

Enjoy the light of the plaza during the night and shoot the best pictures of Paris. Learn the secrets of night photography shooting with a professional.

 

4.) Champs Elysees

Walk on the most famous avenue of the world from Concorde Plaza to Arc of Triumph, and do some shopping or simply enjoy a nice walk.

 

5.) The Orangerie Museum

The Orangerie museum: It used to be the greenhouse of the King of France, now it’s a museum for impressionist artists. Claude Monet himself arranged this museum to show his masterpieces, like the famous water lilies.

Insider’s tips:

  • Do not even try to cross it. This is definitely too dangerous. You should rather follow the crosswalks if you want to stay alive.
  • The policemen you see on one corner of the Concorde Plaza are actually guarding the US Parisian Embassy!
  • Have a look all around you and try to spot the Hotel de Crillon: Paris’ most luxurious Hotel.

Facts about Concorde Plaza

 

First, it was called Louis XV Plaza, then Revolution Plaza, the current name was adopted in 1830.

 

During the French Revolution, it used to be the square where the guillotine was; some famous heads were cut here: Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette for instance.

 

In 1831, Mehemet Ali, the Sultan of Egypt, gave to France an obelisk from the temple of Thebes. The king of France, Louis Philippe, decided to put it on this square. However, it took 5 years to bring it and set it up.

 

Now, it’s part of the landmarks going from the Louvre Palace to the Arc de Triomphe.

Concorde Plaza

It’s impossible for you to miss this square during your Paris Tour because it’s the heart of the town. Indeed, it’s the biggest square in Paris and an important traffic circle connecting major landmarks. It’s also at the heart of French power, between the Parliament, on the left bank, to the Elysée Palace (the residence of the French president). Parisians like to come here for political meetings or to celebrate a victory, like in 1998 when France won the soccer world cup.

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Guide

How to get there

 

By Metro:
Concorde Station: Lines: 1,8, 12

By Bus:
Lines 72, 42,73, 24

  • 13 million visitors a year 99%
  • Incredibly detailed 80%
  • Contains hidden mysteries 70%

Opening Hours

 

The Concorde Plaza is opened day and night, night and day. You can go there for free, whenever you want, 24/7.

Near By

 

Latin Quarter

 

1.) Paris Latin Quarter:
On the left bank, 15 minutes by foot, discover the student’s quarter. Here, near the Sorbonne University, you will find bohemian cafés and narrow medieval streets. Try to discover it with a local in a Paris Free walking tour.

 

2.) Louvre Museum:
The most famous museum in the world is 5 minutes away from Concorde Plaza. Don’t forget to discover this wonderful art collection of the world largest museum!

 

3.) Orsay Museum:
This museum presents an incredible collection of French paintings and sculptures from the nineteenth century, especially from the great masters who lived in Paris like Renoir, Degas, Monet, Manet and Rousseau.

Why it’s worth visiting

  • Because from this point you will have a unique view of the Champs Elysees.
  • If you want to stroll around the Tuileries Garden.
  • Because the plaza itself is a great Parisian jewel: Crowded but unique and perfectly well ordered.