The Place des Vosges is the oldest planned square in Paris and one of the finest in the city. It is located in the Marais district, and it straddles the dividing-line between the 3rd and 4th arrondissements of the city.
Originally known as the Place Royale, the Place des Vosges was built by Henri IV from 1605 to 1612. A true square (140 metres × 140 metres), it embodied the first European program of royal city planning. It was built on the site of the Hôtel des Tournelles and its gardens: at a tournament at the Tournelles, a royal residence, Henri II was wounded and died. Catherine de Medicis had the Gothic complex demolished, and she removed to the Louvre Palace.
The Place des Vosges, inaugurated in 1612 with a grand carrousel to celebrate the wedding of Louis XIII and Anne of Austria, is the prototype of all the residential squares of European cities that were to come. What was new about the Place Royale in 1612 was that the housefronts were all built to the same design, probably by Baptiste du Cerceau, of red brick with strips of stone quoins over vaulted arcades that stand on square pillars. The steeply-pitched blue slate roofs are pierced with discreet small-paned dormers above the pedimented dormers that stand upon the cornices. Only the north range was built with the vaulted ceilings that the "galleries" were meant to have. Two pavilions that rise higher than the unified roof-line of the square centre the north and south faces and offer access to the square through triple arches. Though they are designated the Pavilion of the King and of the Queen, no royal personage has ever lived in the aristocratic square. The Place des Vosges initiated subsequent developments of Paris that created a suitable urban background for the French aristocracy.
Before the square was completed, Henri IV ordered the Place Dauphine to be laid out. Within a mere five-year period the king oversaw an unmatched building scheme for the ravaged medieval city: additions to the Louvre Palace, the Pont Neuf, and the Hôpital Saint Louis as well as the two royal squares.
Cardinal Richelieu had an equestrian bronze of Louis XIII erected in the centre (there were no garden plots until 1680). The original was melted down in the Revolution; the present version, begun in 1818 by Louis Dupaty and completed by Jean-Pierre Cortot, replaced it in 1825. The square was renamed in 1799 when the département of the Vosges became the first to pay taxes supporting a campaign of the Revolutionary army. The Restoration returned the old royal name, but the short-lived Second Republic restored the revolutionary one in 1848.
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jurek1951 (42156) 2014-03-22 1:50
a superb photo of this place with spectacular composition, the colours and lights are beautiful, great view. Have a nice weekend,
jhm (139214) 2014-03-22 2:04
A place in Paris on his best, big and excellent of colours and architecture.
Also a very good note.
With a panoramic view about these area.
Excellent contrast picture, you play excellent with light and shades.
A nice composition, good presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
Giustiniani (3342) 2014-03-22 3:07
Bonjour Stephen, une belle mise en image de la place des Vosges. Superbe capture.
timecapturer (48740) 2014-03-22 3:30
super panorama shot this. So enticing and fascinating, I love the way this emphasises the size of this amazing Palace. Excellent!
Enjoy the weekend - B.
williewhistler (14177) 2014-03-22 3:39
a very nicely composed panoramic shot that benefits from the very pleasant light that you have used to display the lovely architectural features of the buildings as was as the pleasing symmetry of the square.
Have a nice weekend,
Sergiom (60070) 2014-03-22 5:32
J'ai lu le plaisir de marcher cette Place et elle est superbe. Très semblable à la Place Ducale de Charlesville. Le point de vue est excellent pour nous la montrer dans son ensemble mais on est un peu loin du sujet.
Subhogen (4065) 2014-03-22 5:37
Nice view of the beautiful square. Excellent use of the panoramic format. The green lawn presents nice symmetry to the picture. The palace makes for a good backdrop for the square. Well taken and thanks for sharing.
dkmurphys (49292) 2014-03-22 5:38
Lovely panoramic view, it is really impressive.
Have a fine weekend.
cornejo (31514) 2014-03-22 5:52
Hi Stephen, very good panoramic view of this beautiful square of this beautiful city, very well captured with a great pov, in this great and beautiful photography. An interesting image of a nice place in town, with good sharpness, depth and quality. Nice good job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good afternoon and happy Sunday.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
Nicou (122006) 2014-03-22 7:56
quelle vue et panorama sueprbe compo superbe ce parc avec ces buissons pointus la belle lampe ces allées et quelle architecture sueprbe compo et vue.
Bravo et amitié
Silvio1953 (122215) 2014-03-22 9:23
Ciao Stephen, great view of most beautiful aquare of Paris with fascinating old architectures, wonderful colors, splendid light and excellent clarity, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
Noel_Byrne (24269) 2014-03-22 9:32
So many hundreds of years later we still can appreciate the beauty of the design here. I wonder how much that we build today will be able to say the same!
A fantastic idea to create this as a panorama, its unique way to present a city square. Lovely layout and soft light and colors.
All the best
Fis2 (85515) 2014-03-22 11:38
Excellent panorama frame.
Super colors and sharpness.
Have a nice sunday
lousat (76910) 2014-03-22 16:08
Salut Steph,une large view de grande classe,qui montre nous un des corners plus charmants depuis la capitale,capture spectaculaire avec des details au top partout,vraiment super!Mes compliments et bon Dimanche,Luciano
carlo62 (32793) 2014-03-23 1:34
questa mi era sfuggita, sottolinea ancora di più ciò che ho detto nell'altro commento.
Le architetture che circondano la piazza sono veramente piacevoli.
Eccellente scatto, una bella panoramica che da un'idea ben precisa della piazza.
pierrefonds (56987) 2014-03-24 15:59
La distance entre la fontaine et les immeubles en arrière-plan donne de la profondeur à la composition. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs de la Place des Vosges. La bonne luminosité met en valeur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne soirée.
Cricri (106327) 2014-03-25 13:02
Quel merveilleux panorama, bien cadrer aux deux extrémité des alignements des arbres et la fontaine au milieu, un endroit plaisant, très joliment présenter
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (83769)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-03-00
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, Canon 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS
- Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-22 0:29