Jul 28, 2009

Do you want to buy the high jewelleries? Try to go to Place Vendôme. Place Vendôme is a square in the 1st arrondissement,located to the north of the Jardin des Tuileries and east of the Église de la Madeleine. It's the starting point of the Rue de la Paix. Architectured by Jules Hardouin-Mansart and pedimented screens canted across the corners give the rectangular Place Vendôme the aspect of an octagon.

The Place Vendôme Column at the center was erected by Napoleon to commemorate the battle of Austerlitz.It was designed by Denon, Gondouin, and Lepère and modeled in the style of Trajan's Column in Rome. Constructioned during 1806 - 1810, The spiral bronze bas-relief was created by Bergeret.

Originally a statue of Napoléon a Caesar was placed on top. This was replaced by a likeness of Henri IV which was removed during the 100 Day (1815) when Napoléon returned from Elba and attempted to regain power. Afterwards Louis XVIII installed an enormous fleur-de-lys, but Louis-Philippe restored Napoléon in military uniform.
During the Commune in 1871, a group of Communards lead by Gustave Courbet the artist, tore down the column. Rather than pay for its re-erection, as he was ordered, Courbet died (1877) in exile in Switzerland. During 1873 - 1874, the column was reestablished at the center of Place Vendôme with a copy of the original statue on top.

The square is surrounded by the most famous boutique in fashion and haute joaillerie like Cartier, Boucheron, Van Cleef & Arpels, Mauboussin, Chaumet, Patek Philipe, Piaget, Mikimoto, Bulgari, chanel, etc. There is also the famous Ritz Hotel.

station on Paris metro: Opéra, Pyramides, Madeleine or Tuileries