Paris place to see : the new Place de la Republique
Published on 27 September 2013, dans Near the Hotel
Paris place to see a historic and symbolic centre of the city
The history of the Place de la Republique effectively dates back to the Middle Ages. Most notably, the gate bastion of a Knights Templar fortress once stood here. The area became a public square after the 14th century defensive wall built by Charles V was demolished as the city grew. The square was later remodelled as part of Baron Haussmann's mid 19th century reconfiguration of Paris and named in honour of the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution.
Conceived as a symbol of the French Republic itself, the square required a fitting centrepiece and a competition was held in 1879 for an appropriate design. This was won by the brothers Charles and Leopold Morice, who created a 9.5 metre high bronze statue which was erected in 1883, and still dominates the square today. This stirring monument depicts Marianne, the female symbol of the triumph of the Republic. Effectively a goddess of liberty, she stands proudly with an olive branch in her right hand and her left resting poignantly on a tablet which is engraved with the Rights Of Man.
The remodelling of the square has respected the heritage and history of the location while bringing it firmly into the modern era. It has become a large, welcoming open space which can be enjoyed by everyone.
Hotel Marais Bastille is so convenient for this Paris place to see
Our comfortable, modern hotel is conveniently placed for reaching this renovated Paris attraction. The Hotel Marais Bastille thoroughly recommends a visit to this location which is in many ways symbolic of our nation's ideals.
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