Photographer's Note

A situation view of the Obélisque erected in the center of place de la concorde, in Paris. This is a view towards the north side of the place : in the foreground, the Obélisque (the small golden pyramidal hat is the Pyramidion) ; in the background, a small part of Hotel de Crillon on the left and Hotel de la Marine (formerly, the French Naval Ministry, now the headquarter of the French Navy). Between the two buildings, rue Royale, leading La Madeleine Church (shaped like a Roman temple).

I had to lighten the picture a bit since the sun was hidden when I took that one.

More information on the history of place la Concorde from Wilkipedia :
"The Place was designed by Jacques Ange Gabriel in 1755 as a moat-skirted octagon between the Champs-Élysées to the west and the Tuileries Gardens to the east. Filled with statues and fountains, the area was named Place Louis XV to honor the then king. The Place was showcasing an equestrian statue of the king, which had been commissioned in 1748 by the city of Paris, sculpted mostly by Edmé Bouchardon, and completed by Jean-Baptiste Pigalle after the death of the former.
At the north end, two magnificent identical stone buildings were constructed. Separated by the rue Royale, these structures remain among the best examples of that period's architecture. Initially they served as government offices, and the eastern one is the French Naval Ministry. Shortly after its construction, the western building was made into the luxurious Hôtel de Crillon (still operating today) where Marie Antoinette soon spent afternoons relaxing and taking piano lessons. The hôtel served as the headquarters of the occupying German army during World War II.
During the French Revolution the statue of King Louis XV was torn down and the area renamed "Place de la Révolution". In a grim reminder to the nobility of a gruesome past, when the "Place des Grèves" was a site where the nobility and members of the bourgeoisie were entertained watching convicted criminals being dismembered alive, the new revolutionary government erected the guillotine there. The first notable to be executed at the Place de la Révolution was King Louis XVI, on January 21, 1793. Other important people guillotined there, often in front of cheering crowds, were Queen Marie Antoinette, Madame Elisabeth, Madame du Barry, Danton, Lavoisier, and Robespierre. The guillotine was most active during the "Great Terror", in the summer of 1794, when in a single month more than 1,300 people were executed. The "Reign of Terror" subsided after the Thermidorian Reaction (July 27, 1794).
Following the Revolution, the Place underwent a series of transformations and several further changes of name: by 1795 the government began calling it Place de la Concorde (French for concord), then Place Louis XV (again), Place Louis XVI, Place de la Chartre, and once again Place de la Concorde. This name was made official in 1830."

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