Sep 17, 2009

From Rue d'Aboukir, which I took southwest all the way down to Place des Victoires. The square is at the confluence of six streets: Rue de la Feuillade, Rue Vide Gousset, Rue d'Aboukir, Rue Étienne Marcel, Rue Croix des Petits Champs, and Rue Catinat. This circular square, the first of its kind, was designed by Hardouin-Mansart in 1685 to showcase the statue of Louis XIV that marked victories against Holland.

The original statue was destroyed after the Revolution and replaced in 1822 with an equestrian statue by François Joseph Bosio. Louis XIV, dressed as a Roman emperor, sits on a proud horse rearing on its hind legs. An iron fence encircles the twelve-meter-high statue. Among the occupants of the grand buildings that encircle the 'square' are fashion boutiques Kenzo, Cacharel,etc

Station on Paris metro: Bourse, Pyramides or Étienne Marcel