As with a number of Paris monuments, the Place de la Concorde has seen many modifications over time. Conceived in 1748 to celebrate - of all things - Louis XV getting over an illness - it was only finally finished 24 years later, by which time the king was probably feeling much better. Ironically, two just two years later he died from smallpox.
Initially called Place de la Revolution, many people were guillotined here over the years including - famously - Marie-Antoinette in 1793.The obelisk that stands at the centre was given to France in 1831 by the then viceroy of Egypt. Over 3,000 years old, it was erected in front of a crowd of 200,000 people and marked the beginning of a ten-year transformation of the Place which would see the addition of the two now-famous fountains - recently renovated - and a series of monumental columns.Although full of traffic during the day, it’s at night that the Place de la Concorde impresses most. Illuminated, with its view up the Champs Elysees and the Eiffel Tower sparkling in the distance, there’s no place on earth quite as magical.
How to get there
from the 2017-10-19 until the 2017-10-22
International Contemporary Art Fair
The International Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC), is one of the world's largest art fair for contemporary artists, gallery owners and dealers.
The FIAC brings together 180 international galleries at three sites on Paris’s right bank.
FIAC has solidified its position in the art world in recent years, bringing together a high-profile mix of contemporary art collectors, museum curators and international dealers, and winning international recognition.
3 avenue du Général Eisenhower 75008 Paris
Metro: Line 1 or 9 : Champs Elysees Clemenceau of Franklin D. Roosevelt.