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One of the most beautiful and charming places in Paris - smaller and more intimate than the Tuileries and the Luxembourg gardens. A place to rest in, relax, shop, and watch people surrounded by magnificent architecture.


Originally known as the Place Royale, the Place des Vosges was built by Henri IV from 1605 to 1612. A true square (140 m x 140 m), it embodied the first European program of royal city planning. The Place des Vosges, inaugurated in 1612 with a grand carrousel to celebrate the wedding of Louis XIII and Anne of Austria, is the prototype of all the residential squares of European cities that were to come. What was new about the Place Royale in 1612 was that the housefronts were all built to the same design, probably by Baptiste du Cerceau, of red brick with strips of stone quoins over vaulted arcades that stand on square pillars.


Former illustrious Residents of the Place des Vosges:

No. 1bis Madame de Sevigné was born here

No. 6, ""Maison de Victor Hugo"" Victor Hugo from 1832–1848, in what was then the Hôtel de Rohan-Guéménée, now a museum devoted to his memory, managed by the City of Paris

No. 7 Sully, Henri IV's great minister

No. 8 poet Théophile Gautier and writer Alphonse Daudet

No. 11 occupied from 1639-1648 by the courtesan Marion Delorme

No. 15 Marguerite Louise d'Orléans, wife of Cosimo III de' Medici

No. 17 former residence of Bossuet

No. 21 Cardinal Richelieu from 1615–1627

No. 23 post-impressionist painter Georges Dufrénoy {From Wikpedia}"

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Taken on November 24, 2011