The Place de la Concorde is located at the eastern end of the Champs Elysees and is packed full of sites to explore. Here is a crash course on what to see:
To start, the square was originally the location of the guillotine. Several name changes later, it became the Place de la Concorde and is Paris’s largest square.
Directly in the middle is the Luxor Obelisk from Egypt. Depicted on the obelisk is a diagram of how it was moved from Luxor to Paris.
On each side of the obelisk are two fountains. The fountain to the north represents the rivers and the one to the south represents the seas. For you movie fans, the fountain pictured below (the fountain to the north) is the one Andy from “The Devil Wears Prada” throws her sidekick into at the end of the movie.
Directly behind the north fountain is the Hotel de Crillon. This opulent hotel was the location of the signing of the very important treaty between France and the newly forming country of the United States. The treaty was significant because France was publicly acknowledging the United States as an independent country and agreeing to a much needed trade agreement. Just think, Benjamin Franklin walked those halls.
Looking just off to the right of the southern fountain is Madame Eiffel herself.
Lastly, to the east is the entrance to the Jardin des Tuileries. If you walk straight through, you’ll reach the Louvre.
How is that for a crash course!
One last tip: Be sure to use the cross walks and follow the cross walk signals to get across the roundabout.