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Place des Vosges: photo description (Place des Vosges)

Place des Vosges - the oldest of the Paris area and, perhaps, the only one preserved in its original form. And yet she is already 400 years old.

At one time there was Turalski Palace, near which king Henry II during the knight's tournament was mortally wounded by a spear. Widow, Catherine de Medici, ordered the Palace to be demolished. Some time there is a horse market, but in 1605, king Henry IV began the construction of the Royal square.

For Paris that time it was new: saving every meter of the land road, the city treated narrow winding streets. The monarch, however, imbued with Renaissance ideas of town planning, when the appearance of Paris began to change for the better. Before completion, however, the reformer did not live: he's been stabbed by a religious fanatic.

The only street francs-bourgeois crosses the area, having formed almost a perfect square. It will form the perimeter of the building, built in the same style. The facade of each gallery are arches, so that the area in any weather you can get around, hiding from the sun and rain.

Louis XIII opened the Royal square, noting there's engagement to Anne of Austria. The event was celebrated in two buildings - pavilions of the king and Queen, selected from a series of identical buildings with their high mansard roofs. Since then, the area has become one of the favorite festivities of the townspeople. Rich Parisians sought to buy property here. One of the houses belonged to cardinal Richelieu. Photographed here at the time, apartments Victor Hugo, Alphonse Daudet, théophile Gautier.

Napoleon renamed the square, a tribute of gratitude to the inhabitants of the Vosges Department, who were the first to voluntarily pay a tax for the maintenance of the revolutionary army. Napoleon ordered to restore melted down on the orders of Robespierre in the gun equestrian statue of Louis XIII but in the marble version. In the XX century the square was a cement replica of the statue, and the original sent to the Museum.

Not so long ago the buildings here have been cleared from centuries of accretions, the area acquired in the early XVII century. Its significant part is occupied by lush trees located on the perimeter of chic shops.