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The Place de la Concorde is between the Tuileries Gardens and the Champs Elysées on Paris's famous axis. It was laid out between 1755 and 1775. The 3,300-year-old pink granite obelisk with the gilded top in the square's centre was given to France in 1831 by Muhammad Ali, viceroy and pasha of Egypt. Towering 75 ft (23m) over the cobblestones, it once stood in the Temple of Ramses at Thebes (modern-day Luxor).
The 2 imposing buildings on the north side of Place de la Concorde are the Hôtel de la Marine, headquarters of the French Navy, and the Hôtel de Crillon, one of Paris' most luxurious and exclusive hotels. It was here in 1778 that Louis XVI and Benjamin Franklin signed the treaty recognizing the independence of the new USA.

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