Did you know? 3 anecdotes about the Place de la Concorde

Published by Charlene S. · Photos by My B. · Published on 21 May 2020 at 18h44 · Updated on 21 May 2020 at 18h47
Do you really know the Place de la Concorde? Today, we give you 3 surprising anecdotes about the biggest square in Paris!

It shows the way to the world’s most beautiful avenue! The Place de la Concorde, set at the beginning of the Avenue des Champs-Elysées, is surrounded by prestigious hotels and its 23-m tall Luxor Obelisk. The largest square in Paris also known for its history. Dating way back to the 18th century, it’s lived across many historic periods, from its inauguration paying tribute to King Louis XV in 1755 to the French Revolution and all the doubts, we give you more details about this square!

  • The Obelisk, the oldest monument in Paris

Did you know that the Obelisk in the Place de la Concorde is the oldest monument in Paris? As a matter of fact, it’s been carved in the 13th century B.C.! The monument has been given to France by Egypt as a token for Champollion’s work who’s been the first one to ever translate hieroglyphs. It’s been carried to France in 1836 and it’s king Louis-Philippe who decides to place it at the center of the square. Since then, the column proudly stands on the square and a golden tip has been added to its 23 meters in 1998.

  • An always-changing name

At the beginning, the famous Place de la Concorde wasn’t known with this name. It actually changed name at least 4 times! It was first called Place Louis XV (1748-1792), then Place de la Révolution (1792-1795). Between 1826 and 1828, the square is named again, but this time as Place Louis XVI. And it’s after this period, under the reign of king Louis-Philippe that the square is ultimately and definitely named Place de la Concorde and still attracts as many tourists.

  • A gigantic clock!

You’ve may have never noticed the Roman numerals carved on the cobblestone of the Place de la Concorde and yet, they are meaningful! These numerals are part of one of the biggest sundials in the world! The Place de la Concorde is actually a gigantic sundial which hand is the obelisk at the center. It’s in 1999 that the Paris city hall allowed lines for hours to be drawn on the floor. In theory, if you trust the shadows created by the sun, the square gives the solar time! We let you experiment it!

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Place de la Concorde
75008 Paris 8

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