Vendôme, a wonder place

Located in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, a district very popular for its prestigious real estate, a typical square of classic French town planning, Place Vendôme is one of the most famous squares in Paris and considered one of the most beautiful places of the world.

Crowned with some 27 private mansions and numerous jewelers and fashion houses, its particularity lies in its center. Created in 1686, Place Vendôme has undergone many transformations, first called the Place des Conquêtes, it was then named Place Louis le Grand, Place des Piques at the time of the Revolution, then Place Internationale in 1871.

The architecture of the square was radically changed when in 1810 the architects Jacques Gondouin and Jean-Baptiste Lepère erected the Vendôme column, which takes place in the center of the site. Sculpted in commemoration of the Battle of Austerlitz by Etienne Bergeret from facing cast with the bronze of 1200 cannons captured by the Russian and Austrian armies, cast by the Thiebaut Frères Foundry.

The column was destroyed in 1871 during the Paris Commune, then rebuilt identically and replaced in 1875. At its top, a statue of Napoleon watches over Place Vendôme.

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