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Place de la Concorde

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Haunting, spectacular sense of historic place
The Place de la Concorde, the largest space in Paris, is situated along the Seine and separates the Tuileries Gardens from the beginning of the Champs Elysées. It is in the 8th arrondissement, or district, of the city.


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      Historic Plaza
      During a very troubled time in France's past, this plaza was the scene where the French nobility were entertained by the execution of convicted criminals under their infamous guillotine. During the French Revolution, King Louis XV and Marie Antoinette were executed on this site as well. The plaza had various other names over the years, but was renamed Place de la Concorde as a gesture toward harmony and reconciliation. The focal point of the plaza is now the granite Luxor Obelisk, more than 3,000 years old. I recommend that you take a look at the plaza and the obelisk, and then look west toward the Arc de Triomphe. The 2 mile walk through the length of the Champs-Elysees to the Arc is beautiful and impressive.