The centrepiece of a magnificent 8-sided square first laid out in 1699 to show off an equestrian statue of the Sun King, Louis XIV. The statue was removed amidst Revolutionary fervor in 1792 and replaced in 1806 with the Colonne de la Grande Armée. This was modeled on Trajan's column in Rome and decorated with Napoleon's military exploits. The present column is a replica, however, as the original was pulled down during the 1871 Paris Commune. Place Vendôme represents the best of well-heeled Paris, being home to an abundance of exclusive boutiques, jewelers and fashion labels - Cartier, Boucheron, Trussardi, van Cleef & Arpels - several banks, the French Ministry of Justice and the Ritz Hotel.
Colonne Vendôme, 75001 Paris, France
Nearest Transit: Tuileries (Line No. 1)
Colonne Vendôme and Nearby Attractions on Map
Louvre Museum(0.8 km)
Housing one of the world's great museums since 1793, the Louvre Palace offers some dazzling architecture, wide public spaces and the glass pyramid of I M Pei.
Jardin des Tuileries(0.4 km)
Originally adjoining the now-disappeared royal palace of the Tuileries, these gardens lying immediately west of the Louvre offer a central open space for Parisians and visitors with semi-formal gardens (an outdoor gallery for modern sculpture), various cafés, ice-cream and crépe stalls and a summer fun fair.
Montmartre is a bustling hilly district in Paris's 18th arrondissement that is marked by the white-domed Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur in the city skyline.
Pont Alexandre III(1.2 km)
La Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Richelieu(0.7 km)
The National Library, intended to be the repository of all that is published in France, preserves collections of historic documents of both French and international origin.
Atelier Brancusi(1.8 km)
Atelier Brancusi is a recreation of sculptor Constantin Brancusi’s studio, displaying his works in the same layout in which he had bequeathed his 15th arrondissement apartment at 11 impasse Ronsin to the French government.
Luxembourg Gardens(2.7 km)
The Jardin du Luxembourg is a formal French garden with lush lawns, tree-lined promenades, terraces, chestnut groves, and ponds over an area of 23 hectares.
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