Landmarks, Place, Statue

Why the Lion of Belfort statue in Paris ?

The square Place Denfert-Rochereau is named after Pierre Denfert-Rochereau, the French commander who organized the defense at the siege of Belfort during the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871). It is dominated by the Lion of Belfort statue (a smaller version of the original in the town of Belfort) by Frédéric Bartholdi (remembered mainly for designing the Statue […]

Museums, Place

Museums in the Palais de Chaillot ?

The Battle of Trocadero, fought on 31 August 1823, was the decisive battle in the Spanish Civil War from 1820 to 1823 when French forces defeated the liberal rebellion and restored the rule of King Ferdinand VII. The fall of Trocadero was commemorated in Paris, with the Place de Trocadéro. It is the site of […]

District, Place

Odéon-Saint-Michel district ?

Odéon is named for the 18th-century theatre but today it is best known for its cinemas and cafés. To the south of the Seine river to the east of the Boulevard Saint-Michel: Sorbonne university, centre of student activity since the early 12th century, bookstores, stationery stores and game shops. To the north of the boulevard […]

Landmarks, Place

Why “To be en grève”, in France ?

The place de l’Hôtel de Ville, formerly  the Place de Grève (Square of the Strand), was a place where Parisians often gathered, particularly for public executions but  it was used also as a public meeting-place for unemployed people gathered to seek work. This circumstance accounts for the current French expressions, être en grève (to be […]


One of the best squares in Paris ?

Place Vendôme is one of the best squares in Paris, located in the 1st arrondissement. It was designed by Jules Hardouin-Mansart. Known as Place des Conquêtes, to the glory of the armies of Louis XIV. The Column was erected by Napoleon to celebrate the victory of Austerlitz. Location of the Ritz Hotel, Cartier, Chaumet and […]


The old royal name of Place des Vosges ?

Located in the Marais district, 3rd and 4th arrondissements. Known as the Place Royale, built by Henri IV, 17th century.

Avenue, Place

The 12 avenues at Place Charles de Gaulle Etoile, in Paris ?

The Place de l’Étoile is a large road junction in Paris, the meeting point of twelve straight avenues and at its centre stands the Arc de Triomphe. The twelve avenues, clockwise from the north, are the following: Avenue de Wagram, Avenue Hoche, Avenue de Friedland, Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Avenue Marceau, Avenue d’Iéna, Avenue Kléber, Avenue […]