On reaching the place, the unity of the composition of buildings and uniform height are obvious. Only two buildings exception to this rule : King Pavilion, south side (by which is accessed from the Rue Saint Antoine via the Rue de Birague) and the Pavillon de la Reine, facing it (Rue du Béarn side entrance).
Although the place was built at the time for the escapades of the bourgeoisie, it was also one of the first public places dedicated to Parisian walks in search of calm and wellness.
This is a quite well-known square, built by Henry IV’s request in 1605. Parisians inaugurated this in 1612 with a grand carrousel to celebrate the wedding of Louis XIII and Anne of Austria. Before the French Revolution of 1789, this true square (140 x 140 m) was called Royale Place.
It was the first step of European program of royal city planning, too.
This place is one of the most beautiful and oldest square in Paris , located in the heart of the Marais district , between the 3rd and the 4th district of the capital.
Venture into the side streets allows visitors to experience the lesser known parks, fabulous museums and unique places.
At a tournament at the Tournelles, a royal residence, Henri II was wounded and died. Catherine de Medicis had the Gothic complex demolish, and she removed the Louvre Palace.
From Restauration till 1870, Place des Vosges changed its name to “Place Royale” again.
The reverse of a French 5 Francs 1959 Banknote of the French national bank Banque de France showed a portrait of Victor Hugo in the front left of a picture of the Place des Vosges.
Today, the square is planted with mature lime grove set in gravel and grass, surrounded by lime trees trimmed.
Some fascinating galleries are located under the vaulted arches of the Place des Vosges.
Why did this square take this name ? In 1800, the French Department named “Vosges” was the first paying the major part of its taxes. Paris honoured this département calling this luxurious site “Place des Vosges”. Under the arcades, the Maison de Victor Hugo, now a museum dedicated to the writer, was his residence before his exile. There he wrote many of his works, as part of Les Misérables.
Before relax on the lawns of the square Louis XIII in the middle of the square, make a full turn places strolling under the arcades. You will discover a majestic calm, which, if you are lucky, will be set to music by many musicians who come to share their passion
under the historic vaults.