The Place Vendôme is a symbol of Paris and its luxury. The square as we know it was designed by Jules-Hardouin Mansart, who was the Architect of Versailles. This square was supposed to receive an equestrian statue of King Louis XIV.
Now, at the center, there is the Column Vendôme, which is modeled after the Trajan’s column of Rome. It is a monument dedicated to the military victories of Napoléon Bonaparte in Germany. The column was made using the bronze of 1200 cannons and was destroyed during french revolution, then rebuilt after it.
After the revolution, classic composer Chopin lived in the building which is now the Chaumet boutique. After the creation of the Paris Opera, the whole place became The Place Vendôme as we know it. In 1898, César Ritz opened its Hotel : the iconic Ritz. Also, in 1893, Frédéric Boucheron is the first jeweler to set up his boutique on Place Vendôme. The customers of the Ritz Hotel just had to cross the street to discover its creations. During the 20th century, all the greatest jewelers setted their shops in the square.
A book could be written on all the legends of this place. For example, in 1923 the Maharadjah of Patiala came to the Place Vendôme with twelve guards carrying six crates full of jewelry, they were the most precious convoy that jewelry has ever seen. Place Vendôme is now one the most renown places in the world of Luxury.