Place de la Concorde is a beautiful 8 hectare square on tne banks of the river in Paris, in between the Champs Elysees and the Tuileries Gardens. It is part of the great triomphal way walk. See Place de la Concorde, a 18th century marvel and one of the top places to visit in Paris.
In the middle of the Place de la Concorde, the 3200 years old obelisk comes from the egyptian temple of Luxor where it was marking the main entrance.
The obelisk is 23 meters tall and weights 220 tons. It is covered with hieroglyphs. It was offered in 1829 by Mohammed Ali, Viceroy of Egypt to King Charles X.
A great way to see Paris from an elevated point other than the Tour Eiffel is la Grande Roue, a magical ferris wheel on Place de La Concorde. La Grande Roue, 197 feet high, is located between the Tuileries Gardens and Concorde Square. Adults and kids will enjoy this different perspective on Paris.
Open everyday from 11am to 12pm
November 20th to January 20th
Entrance fee: 10 euros. Children: 5 euros.
Place de la Concorde was designed by Architect Jacques-Ange Gabriel in 1763 to celebrate the glory of almighty King Louis XV of France.
Place de la Concorde witnessed the beheading of his grandson, King Louis XVI, on January 21st 1793 during the dramatic French revolution.