Square du Vert Galant - Paris (France)
Square du Vert Galant 25/03/2012 18h32
A favorite island tip on the river Seine. Especially with perfect Spring weather conditions as this evening. Very popular at sunset too! If the weeping willow could talk...
Square du Vert Galant
The Square du Vert-Galant is a square in Paris, located at the western tip of the Ile de la Cité, in the 1er arrondissement. The level of the square is located seven meters below the level of the Ile de la Cité.
It was created following the meeting of several small islands including the Île aux Juifs (where the last Templars were burned) and the Île du Patriarche. The square is named after Henry IV, nicknamed the "Vert-Galant" because of his many mistresses despite his advanced age. The square is dominated by an equestrian statue of Henri IV based on the Pont Neuf, which separates the square from the rest of the island. A commemorative plaque recalls that it was here that the executions took place at the stake of Jacques de Molay and Geoffroy de Charnay March 18, 1314.
Before the creation of this square, the 2665 m2 were devolved to the baths in 1765, then to a nightclub in 1865. It was destroyed by a flood in 18791.2. The square has Wallace Fountain Square with 'push' button as well.
[ Source: Wikipedia - Square du Vert Galant ]