Place Vendôme, located in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, located north of the Tuileries Gardens and east of the church of the Madeleine.
Place Vendome is without doubt one of the most beautiful architectural ensembles in Paris. It was built at the initiative of Louvois, superintendent of buildings under Louis XIV. The king bought in 1685 the Hotel de Vendome and the first convent of the Capuchin order to achieve it. Work began in 1686. Interrupted in 1691, they resumed in 1699 under the direction of architects and JH Mansart Boffrand.
One of the most beautiful squares in Paris, the place Vendome is a symbol of luxury. The place is truly beautiful, close to the Louvre, the Rue de Rivoli, is a place not to be missed during a first visit to Paris.
Frederic Chopin died at No. 12 and Cesar Ritz opened the hotel's famous No. 15 in the early twentieth century. At the dawn of the third millennium this place has not lost its appeal and prestige and is home to the biggest names in jewelry. Column Vendome in 1806 replaced the old equestrian statue of Louis XIV (1699). Napoleon erected on the pedestal of white marble original (top 10 m) column of 43 meters, pure imitation of Trajan's Column in Rome in honor of the victorious soldiers of Austerlitz ..
Place Vendome - Paris
Vendôme Square is also popular for its fashionable and luxurious hotels, such as those of the Bristol, Park Hyatt and Ritz, even though their entrances are inconspicuous. However, the square itself reserves elegancy, from when many famous designers established their dress shops in the 18th Century. Today, the square still boasts luxury stores and department stores of famous dress designers. Offices of world-renowned institutions are situated here as well. The most famous people that once lived in this area were Italian Countess de Castiglione-Virginia Oldoini and Polish music composer Frédéric François Chopin.
Place Vendôme is simply a symbol of exquisite luxury.