Place des Vosges

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  • The 1764 graffiti

    It's on one of the square's buildings. Will you be able to find it ? Look for "1764 NICOLAS". The graffiti was made, one of many others, by Nicolas Restif de la Bretonne.

The place

Originally known as the Place Royale, the Place des Vosges was built by Henri IV from 1605 to 1612. 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. The square is planted with a bosquet of mature lindens set in grass and gravel, surrounded by clipped lindens.

Residents of the Place des Vosges over the years include : Madame de Sevigné (she was born here), Victor Hugo, Sully (Henri IV's great minister), Théophile Gautier, Alphonse Daudet, Bossuet, Cardinal Richelieu...
Source : Wikipedia contributors, "Place des Vosges"
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