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Place des Vosges

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Place des Vosges - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in Paris

Located at the very heart of the Marais district, where the 3rd and 4th arrondissements meet not far from the Saint-Paul and Chemin Vert Metro stations, the famous Place des Vosges, a listed Historic Monument, is the oldest square in the city. Surrounded by red brick buildings with blue slate roofs, it also boasts a pleasant park that's an ideal place to relax.

Since its creation in the 17th century, this famous Parisian spot has changed name several times: Place Royale during the reign of Henry IV, then Place des Fédérés, Place de la Fabrication-des-Armes then Place de l'Indivisibilité, before being named Place des Vosges in 1800, in honour of the French department of the same name that was the first to pay its taxes supporting the French Revolution.

On a walk beneath the magnificent arcades, you can see the house where Victor Hugo lived from 1832 to 1848. Located at number 6, today it is a museum dedicated to the life and works of one of French literature's most famous authors. Place des Vosges is also well-known today as the home of many political figures and artistic luminaries.

In the middle of Place des Vosges is the Square Louis-XIII, with its fountains, equestrian statue and bright green lawns, an ideal place for a rest!

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