Vendôme Squareplace Vendôme

La Place Vendôme à Paris, en 1734
Vendôme Squareplace Vendôme in Paris according to the Turgot PlanPlan de Turgot in 1734

Vendôme Square in Paris in the 17th century

La Vendôme Square(place Vendôme) had a very different face before the opening of the Rivoli Street(rue de Rivoli) (1801).

The square was first constructed in a square form.
This form is considered too rigid; in 1700, part of the facades was torn down and then rebuilt, in 1701, in the present octagonal form.

Looking closely at the 1734 Turgot Plan, the place appears to be much calmer:

La Place Vendôme à Paris, côté rue Castiglione, en 1734
fig. 1: Prior to the puncture of Castiglione Streetrue de Castiglione, access from Saint-Honoré Streetrue Saint-Honoré (1734)

The access is only by:

La Place Vendôme à Paris, côté rue de la Paix, en 1734
fig. 2: Prior to the puncture of Paix Streetrue de la Paix, access from Capucines Streetrue des Capucines

It could not be passed through as since the 19th century.

On the Opera(Opéra) side, at the location of the current Paix Street(rue de la Paix), was the convent of the Capucines(couvent des Capucines) (fig. 3).

Le second couvent des Capucines, Place Vendôme à Paris, 1705
fig. 3: Prior to the puncture of Paix Streetrue de la Paix, the second Convent of the Capucinescouvent des Capucines (1705)

Madame de Pompadour was buried, as was her mother and sister, in the church.

In front, on the Tuileries' side, another portal, the portal of convent of the Capucines(couvent des Capucines) was responding to it (fig. 4).

le portail du couvent des Feuillants, Place Vendôme à Paris, 1754
fig. 4: Prior to the puncture of Castiglione Streetrue de Castiglione, the portal of convent of the Capucinescouvent des Capucines (1754)

In the center of the square, was erected, since 1699, the statue of Louis XIV called «Louis le Grand» (fig. 5).

la statue de Louis Le Grand, Place Vendôme à Paris, 1699
fig. 5: in the middle of the square, the statue of Louis Le Grand (1699)

It is an impressive work by François GIRARDON , which reaches, with its pedestal, a height of 17m high.

The Revolution(Révolution) will destroy it but one of the huge feet of the king survived its melt and is exhibited at the Museum of History of the City of Paris, the Carnavalet Museum(Musée Carnavalet).


For more information on the work of François GIRARDON, consult its reference on the Louvre Museum site.

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