Every time I pass through this square, I can’t help but just stop and soak in the chaos. It is surely one of the busiest squares in Paris and woe to the tourist who attempts to drive through!
Yet, it’s a real pleasure for pedestrians. Arriving from the Place Vendome and seeing the Eiffel Tower in the background and the Tuileries Gardens and the Seine….you can’t miss it!
Located in the heart of the Marais district, is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Its uniqueness is in its perfect symmetry, 9 houses on each side, totaling 36. Throughout its 400-year history it has witnessed many historical events such as tournaments for the betrothal celebration of King Louis XIII to Anne of Austria, and famous characters like Victor Hugo have been housed here. An English garden is located in the center of the square, where there are multiple fountains, there was no sun on the day we visited despite it being August, but you know in Paris one day if it rains and perhaps another. Also, this may be the best kept secret of the Parisians, so we had to shelter from the rain under the spouts where several antique shops, bookstores and numismatic shops. Worth visiting, if only for the perfect symmetry of space, and the beautiful facades of stone and red brick.
No doubt this church is one of my favorites in Paris. It is bare and you have the feeling of entering a Greek temple until you see the Christian religious symbols. The acoustics of the building are magnificent and the altar is a particular highlight. When you leave, just in front I recommend visiting the Place Vendôme especially at sunset, when the windows of the square feature the most prestigious jewelers and luxuries of the city, and are also important in history.
This square remains the reference point, for hundreds of Parisians and tourists every day. It's an easy place to find, central, nice! The square is located right next to the river Seine, in front of the Palace of Justice and the bridge over to "l'Ile de la Cité", there is a metro stop called "Saint Michel-Notre Dame" on both sides of the square. On the divide between the Latin Quarter (5th arrondissement) and the 6th arrondissement. Its fame comes from both being a meeting spot and its fountain at the bottom of the square. This source is the "Fontaine de Saint Michel", built in 1855. Around are numerous fast food outlets (kebab, crepe, panini, sandwiches, etc.), kiosks, bars and a chain of bookstores! "Gibert Jeune", the most famous bookstore with a half dozen locals in Paris, are each dedicated to a different area (economics, law, languages, geography, etc..). They are dotted mainly around the square. As you walk a few hundred meters away, you will encounter better quality restaurants, less frequented by tourists.
The Place Saint Sulpice, between the Rue de Rennes and Saint Germain des Prés, is the place where stands the great church of the same name. It has some cafes for having a brunch on Sunday morning, a Parisian tradition with the press, art galleries, upscale shops, and a nice fountain in the center. In addition, it is five minutes walk from the Luxembourg garden. The church, which was built in 1754 included the square in its development. Louis Visconti is a nineteenth century architect built the fountain. Pictures carved on the four corners represent the four bishops of the time, that paradoxically never became cardinal. The square had to be surrounded by symmetrical buildings, but the whole plan was never achieved. The neighborhood is posh, but lively, full of small businesses rather than large stores, cultural life is central. It is reached by the metro station Saint Sulpice on line 4, which is in the Rue de Rennes in fact or Odéon and Luxembourg RER stop.
I was in Paris for more than a month just sightseeing. I got to see very interesting nooks that were perfect for me. My favourite was the St. Jacque square, which in fact was the first place I visited in Paris. There are always a lot of people, and an amazing breeze in the summer and you can listen to the birds. The Seine is super close and it's facing the Notre Dame which makes it magical and unreal. I could even connect to the internet from there!
One of the best places in Paris is Republic Square, at the junction of Boulevard du Temple, Saint-Martin, Magenta et Voltaire, Avenue of the Republic and the streets René Boulanger, Léon Jouhaux and du Faubourg du Temple. Don't miss it because is has a lot of subway lines (3, 5, 8, 9, 11). The square is rectangular and was created by Hausmann in 1854. It has two gardens on either side of a central monument dedicated to the Republic. The monument was built in 1883 by Jules Dalou and consists of a 15 meter high stone pedestal on which stands a 9.5 meter bronze statue of the Republic, wearing a toga and carrying in his right hand an olive branch and in the left tablets with human rights laws. The pedestal also has sculptures that symbolize freedom, equality and fraternity, and is surrounded by 12 bronze bas reliefs depicting the major events of the birth of the republic, between 1789-1880. The start and end of demonstrations and political rallies are in this square and it's surrounded by hotels.
Place des Victoires (in the 2nd district of Paris) is little known by tourists but it has a great beauty. In the center of the rotunda of the square there's an equestrian statue. The square is in a lively neighborhood at weekend nights and I love this place.
This wonderful place is lined by the facade of the Louvre East and the Church of Saint Germain d, Auxerrois. The facade of the Louvre museum and the church in front are both impressive. The church was founded in the seventh century and has been rebuilt several times. Jean Gaussel made the principal rosette. During the religious wars, the bell called "Marie" sounded on the night of August 23, 1572, marking the beginning of the Holy Bartholomew's Day Slaughter. Thousands of Huguenots, visiting the town for the wedding of the daughter of Maria de Medici and Henry IVL, were killed by the Parisians.
The Place de la Madeleine (Magdalen) is a square in central Paris. It is in the eighth district of the capital, which is primarily a district office, few people live there because it is one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Paris. Bank headquarters and embassies are stationed here ... In the Place de la Madeleine, which is rectangular in shape, is located in the city center, the church of the same name. Built at the beginning to be a temple in honor of the great army of Napoleon, church became one of the largest in Paris. The square is curious because the church is in the center, and traffic goes around, like a gazebo. Traffic restrictions are severe. Luxury brands surround, including Fauchon and Hédiard now also market their products in supermarkets. There are hotels, a Decathlon, and the métro, line 14, which takes you to the Saint Lazare station in 5 minutes, Chatelet or Gare de Lyon in 10 minutes.
The heart of the upper part of the town is this square, presided over by an iron cross, the "Cross of Changes", and an old well. Here, monetary transactions were made and medieval edicts proclaimed. The 4 Gables House, the Maison des Peits Plaids and the remains of Church St Thibault stand. The few restaurants and bars in the old citadel are also spread out in the square, and the charming Hotel Les Vieux Remparts.
Beautiful place for relaxation and tranquility. You can have a lovely picnic here if the weather is good. This is the tip of the island of St. Louis, from which the Seine branches into two. Really romantic. A perfect place to spend time reading, talking or just thinking ...