The Place de la Concorde is located at the foot of Avenue des Champs Élysées (Champs-Élysées), in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, France. It is the second largest square in France (the first is the Place des Quinconces in Bordeaux). In this way, it is the largest square in the French capital, one of the most famous and stage of important events in the history of France.

The city of Paris, in the person of its councilors and its provost (in French: “prévôt” – sort of prefect in the Old Regime), decided, in 1748, to erect an equestrian statue of King Louis XV to celebrate the reinstatement of the king after a disease that had afflicted him in Metz. A contest was launched to find the best venue, a contest involving nineteen architects, among them Germain Boffrand and Jacques-Germain Soufflot. One of them, Ange-Jacques Gabriel, proposed to reserve a simple terrace of beaten earth, without function or purpose, at the end of the Jardin des Tuileries and called the Esplanade du Pont-Tournant, in reference to a wooden bridge who then crossed the moat near the Tuileries’ terrace. Although out of center, the place could serve for the urbanization of the new quarters that tended to be constructed to the west of the capital, in the faubourg Saint-Honoré.

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