Color photograph of Paris : place Vendôme
Photographer : Luc Mercelis
“Place Vendôme is a square in the 1st arrondissement of Paris. Its regular architecture by Jules Hardouin-Mansart (1646-1708) and pedimented screens canted across the corners give the rectangular Place Vendôme the aspect of an octagon. Place Vendôme was laid out in 1702 as a monument to the glory of the armies of Louis XIV, the Grand Monarque. The original Vendôme Column at the centre of the square was erected by Napoleon I to commemorate the Battle of Auterlitz. It was modelled after Roman triumphal Trajan’s Column. The Place Vendôme has been renowned for its fashionable and deluxe hotels such as the Ritz. Many famous dress designers have had their salons in the square. The only two remaining are the shirtmaker Charvet and the couturier Chéruit. Many notable residents lived at the Place Vendôme, such as the Polish composer Frédéric Chopin and the fashion designer Coco Chanel.” (source : Wikipedia)
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