Place des Vosges

Place des Vosges, Paris: Hours, Address, Place des Vosges Reviews: 4.5/5

Place des Vosges
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks
00:00 - 23:59
Monday
00:00 - 23:59
Tuesday
00:00 - 23:59
Wednesday
00:00 - 23:59
Thursday
00:00 - 23:59
Friday
00:00 - 23:59
Saturday
00:00 - 23:59
Sunday
00:00 - 23:59
About
Paris's oldest public square has a meticulously manicured central park and is surrounded by beautiful 17th-century townhouses.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
Address
Place des Vosges 4th Arrondissement, 75004 Paris France
Neighbourhood: Le Marais
The Marais is a winding maze of multi-faceted streets that beg to be explored. It bursts with small boutiques, historic buildings, cozy traditional restaurants, and hidden parks. Around each corner, you'll come across little gems of architecture spanning the centuries, from understated medieval towers to classical libraries and 17th century splendour. This neighbourhood unites a rich mix of people of all ages, but it's best known for the gay scene mostly in the south and the Jewish community around Rue des Rosiers.
How to get there
  • Chemin Vert • 4 min walk
  • Saint-Paul • 5 min walk
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Turner S
Paris, France958 contributions
picnic in the park
Sep 2021
Get something to-go from somewhere in Le Marais and sit in Place des Vosges for a picnic. Highly recommend this option for families because there are places for the kids to play while you enjoy the fountains.
Written 4 October 2021
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA11,139 contributions
We Return Again and Again
Oct 2020
Each time we are in Paris, we return to this lovely square, one of the city's first efforts at town planning. Henry IV's idea to create a safe place for festivals, and to house the upper class in townhouses of a harmonious design. Still works today. And you can enjoy a glass of wine under the arcades. Just lovely.
Written 9 May 2021
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TinyTimmy T
15 contributions
February
Feb 2020
Personally I think it is the most beautiful square of Paris. Well maintained and the area around it gives you opportunities to grab a bite to eat as well.
Written 23 September 2020
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia32,184 contributions
Nice green square
Oct 2019
We walked through this lovely park but did not stay long. It is a square, literally, and has some beautiful lawns and greenery. It is probably perfect for some quiet and relaxing time. Worth visiting if you have time to spare.
Written 11 September 2020
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA11,139 contributions
A Treasure in Paris
Oct 2019
We come back to this huge square every time we are in Paris as it is so spectacular. An example of early city planning, created to make an open place for the nobility to live with uniform townhouses. It has always been a big success, just ask Victor Hugo, whose museum is on one corner. Lots of people sit on the grass and enjoy the experience.
Written 5 July 2020
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia21,187 contributions
A place to take a breath from exploring Paris.
Jun 2019
The most beautiful square in Paris has a strange name after the mountain Department of Eastern France. The Vosges were the first to pay the war tax and send volunteers to protect the French revolution from foreign invaders. and in their honor, they renamed the Royal square-the oldest in Paris. The square was created on the site of the Tournelle Palace near which a significant event took place. King Henry II of Valois was mortally wounded here by the Scot Montgomery at a jousting tournament. Rivals fought for safety with wooden spears without tips. However, the spear slipped and a splinter entered the eye of the king, who died 10 days later in terrible agony. Henry's wife, the famous Catherine de ' Medici, one of the ideologists of the massacre of the Huguenots on St. Bartholomew's night, ordered the Palace to be demolished in a rage, making room for the future square. nd 30 years later, the throne was vacated after the successive deaths of three Medici sons. The Huguenot king Henry IV, who ascended to the throne, initiated the construction of this harmonious square. He found the construction of the king's Pavilion in 1608, but was killed 2 years later by Ravagliac. The place des Vosges was finished after his death. It is almost square with 140-meter sides. All 36 houses except the king and Queen pavilions are identical, which gives harmony. By the way, only these two buildings remain from the time of Henry. Almost all the buildings are now occupied by expensive hotels. However, many of the houses on this square have a history. Writer Georges Simenon and actress Anna Girardot lived here. Victor Hugo lived in the house number 6, and Alphonse Daudet in the house number 8. Alexandre Dumas settled here milady of the "Three Musketeers". Another character in the novel, cardinal Richelieu, lived in reality in the mansion No. 21. in 1639, the devout Catholic Richelieu ordered the statue of Henry IV to be melted down into an equestrian sculpture of his Catholic son, Louis XIII, which was later melted down into cannons by order of Robespierre. After the restoration of the monarchy, a copy of the statue of Louis XIII, which had no relation to the square, was installed again. Now Place des Vosges is a place where you can take a breath from exploring Paris. Take off your shoes and walk on the grass with your bare feet. The main thing is not to step on anyone, because the same idea to visit with you more than one hundred tourists, and maybe Parisians.
Written 31 May 2020
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Scotlandmac
Glasgow, UK10,340 contributions
Beautiful and elegant
Mar 2020
Lovely architecture, looks different again to other Paris squares/'places' - busy and I've always found the colonnaded walkway a bit dark.But very handsome overall, as so much of Paris is.
Written 11 March 2020
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia10,245 contributions
A square in the shape of a perfect square.
Jan 2020
It is incredibly picturesque and even has one of the city’s oldest pieces of graffiti ground into one of its stones. The park/gardens are quite beautiful, with fountains/statues monuments etc, its a nice place just to hang out have lunch, nice to stroll amongst the arches.
Written 4 March 2020
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ofdevils
Old Forge, PA574 contributions
Picnic in the park
Jul 2019 • Family
Beautiful area to visit in Marsais.Plenty of cafes, art gallaries and shopping. Relaxing Sunday afternoon
Written 4 February 2020
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia10,330 contributions
Beautiful sq in Marais
Dec 2019
Walking the colorful streets of Marais neighborhood, sooner or later, you're about to run into this terrific sq, very close to Bastille sq.
It's considered to be the oldest planned sq in Paris, rectangular in shape with extraordinary same shape houses around. The central part is a French manicured park with Louis XIII monument in the middle.
Victor Hugo lived in a corner house which is now converted into a museum.
Written 24 January 2020
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