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Streets and Squares in Paris

One of the best ways to discover Paris is to stroll along its endless grand avenues, boulevards and narrow meandering streets, which always eventually lead you to an opening of a  spacious square. If you follow the most famous of Parisian streets, L'Avenue des Champs Elysées one way, it will take you to the Place de la Concorde, the largest place in Paris with the characteristic Obelix of Luxor – an over three Centuries old obelisk brought to Paris in the 19th Century from Thebes. If you assume the opposite direction you will reach Place Charles de Gaulle – Etoile, with the symbol of Paris - Arc de Triomphe, which commemorates the French victories of the Napoleonic era. Don't be afraid to turn from the tourist-crowded streets though, and find the truly Parisian atmosphere in the smaller streets, for example in Monmartre, the artists' favourite part of the city.


Place des Vosges
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Place des Vosges, by Rob Samsot
 
Place des Vosges
Address: Place des Vosges
 
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The Place des Vosges is the oldest square in Paris and one of the most popular places to visit. The square is located on the border of the third and fourth quarter in the district of Marais. It was constructed between 1605 and 1612 during the reign of King Henri IV. Since then, many famous people have lived in the vicinity of the square, including Marquise de Sévigné - Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, duc de Sully - Maximilien de Béthune, novelist Victor Hugo, poet Théophile Gautier, writer Alphonse Daudet, courtesan Marion Delorme, Bishop Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet and Cardinal Richelieu. From Place des Vosges you can easily reach nearby attractions by foot, such as the Opera Bastille and Maison de Victor Hugo. More distant areas are accessible by subway or bus.
Champs Elysees
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The Champs-Élysées
Address: The Champs-Élysées
 
Website: http://www.champselysees.org/  
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One of the most famous avenues in the world, it’s the essence of Parisian life. Lined with expensive fashion boutiques, classy restaurants and prestigious hotels, it attracts thousands of tourists and businesspeople alike, as the area is also home to numerous head offices of international companies. The President's residence, the Palais de l'Elysèe, the Ministry of the Interior and a number of embassies are another reason why this upscale neighbourhood is so busy and diverse.
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Boulevard Saint-Germain
Address: Boulevard Saint-Germain
 

The Boulevard Saint-Germain is one of the most popular streets in Paris, situated on the Left Bank and south side of the Seine river. It starts from the Pont de Sully in the east, near Île Saint-Louis, and runs to the Pont de la Concorde on the west side of Paris. The street passes through the 5th, 6th and 7th arrondissements, and its midpoint is traversed by the north-south Blvd Saint-Michel.
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Place de la Concorde
Address: Place de la Concorde
 
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Place de la Concorde boasts the largest square in Paris and one of the most famous sites in the city. The square is situated in the city centre of the French capital between Champs Élysées and the Le Jardin des Tuileries garden. This area was initially named after King Louis XV, where his statue stood before being destroyed during the French Revolution. Later, the area was renamed Place de la Révolution. The guillotine was erected on this square and famous people, such as Madame Elisabeth, Danton, Robespier and Queen Marie Antoinette, were executed here. The square’s name was also changed to Louis XVI, Place de la Chartre and finally Place de la Concorde, as a symbol of victory and a bright future.
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Place Vendôme
Address: Place Vendôme
 
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Situated in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, Place Vendôme is one of the most famous squares in the heart of the city centre, steps away from Place de l’Opera, Palais Royal, Opera Garnier, Église de la Madeleine and Jardin des Tuileries. The rectangular shape of the square was designed by the French architect Jules Hardouin Mansart, and included a Capucine convent to the north and vacant ground to the west.
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Place Blanche
Address: Place Blanche
 
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The oval-shape Place Blanche is a small square situated in the northern part of Paris city centre, close to the Montparnasse cemetery and Basilica Sacré-Cœur. It is located on the border of the 9th and 18th districts at the intersection of Rue Fontaine, Rue Blanche and Blvd de Clichy. The main attraction of this area is the Moulin Rouge cabaret, which is one of the most popular landmarks in Paris. Place Blanche is accessible by means of the public transportation system.
 
Place Dauphine
Address: Place Dauphine
 
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The Place Dauphine is a small, but picturesque square situated in the city centre of Paris, on the Île de la Cité. It is surrounded by characteristic red brick houses. La Conciergerie, the remains of the oldest Parisian royal palace Palais de la Cité, stands next to Place Dauphine, as well as the Notre Dame cathedral. The river Seine, with its marvelous bridges, can be seen from here, and playing petanque (boules - similar to lawn bowling) and relaxing on benches are popular pastimes in this square.
 
Place de Catalogne
Address: Place de Catalogne
 
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The Place de Catalogne is a small oval plaza situated in the southern part of Paris city centre, in the district of Montparnasse. This square was designed by the renowned Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill and represents Mediterranean and Baroque style. Place de Catalogne is located very close to the Montparnasse railway station (Gare Montparnasse), as well as the Montparnasse cemetery (Cimetière du Montparnasse), and is accessible from all parts of Paris by means of the public transportation system.
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