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Place de la Concorde is the largest square in Paris and the second in France. The second name – Place Louis XV.
The square was broken up in 1755 and in the early years served as a kind of border between the Tuileries Garden and the Champs Elysees.
According to the initial project, the square was in the shape of a regular octagon, in each corner of which there was a statue that signified one of the eight main cities of France. A little later, a statue of King Louis was erected in the center of the square.
During the Great Revolution, the statue of the king was destroyed, and the main guillotine of France was placed in its place. The symbol of the death penalty stood at this place until 1795. Interestingly, this instrument of death executed both the French king and the leaders of the revolution, Robespierre and Danton. It became known as the Place de la Concorde in the same year, in the year of the recognition of the criminality of the revolutionary terror organized by the Jacobins.
In 1833, Egypt gave Paris an obelisk from the time of Emperor Ramses. By decision of the French crown, it was ordered to install the monument in the Place de la Concorde. Since then, the obelisk brought from the city of Luxor has become one of the symbols of the square.
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