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Place des Vosges


Paris, France


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“Vosges Square”. The Place des Vosges is the oldest square in Paris. It is located in le Marais, and is part of the 3rd and 4th arrondissements (districts). Originally known as the Place Royale, it was built by Henri IV (1553-1610). A perfect square (140 m x 140 m), it was the first program of royal city planning. The Place des Vosges was inaugurated in 1612 with a grand carrousel to celebrate the wedding of Louis XIII and Anne of Austria. It is the prototype of all subsequent residential squares of European cities. Its originality lay in the fact that the housefronts were all built to the same design. Here lived Victor Hugo, Théophile Gautier, Alphonse Daudet and Georges Simenon. During the French Revolution it was also called Place des Fédérés (Federated Square) and Place de l'Indivisibilité (Indivisibility Square). Vosges is a French department, which takes its name from the Vosges mountain range located there.

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