The date of the founding of the Place des Victoires is considered to be 1686, when the country was ruled by Louis XIV. After the victory in the Dutch War, Marshal François de la Feuillade decided not just to please the ruler, but to really surprise him - he bought a small plot of land near the royal palace of the Palais Royal, demolished all the houses in the chosen place and decided that it would certainly be here there should be a square in honor of the military victories of Louis XIV. The idea was helped by the court architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart.
Since its foundation, the square has repeatedly changed its appearance. For example, after the French Revolution, instead of a statue of the king, an inconspicuous pyramid was installed; after, a sculpture of one of the commanders of the Napoleonic era towered on the square. Finally, in the 19th century, the statue of the victorious Louis XIV was returned to its rightful place.
From the 17th century to the present day, you can walk to the square along six different streets. The street leading from the Palais Royal is considered the most panoramic.
The redesigned sculpture of Louis XIV is located in the center of the square. Today, Louis is on a horse, and earlier the sculpture was on a pedestal, and one leg rested on figures symbolizing England, Sweden and Holland.
Interestingly, the image of the monarch is incorrect. If you look closely at the sculpture, the rider's face is not young, and the body is quite slender. In fact, the sun king in his old years possessed a corpulent figure. Why the sculptor decided to portray him in a fit shape remains a mystery.
Despite the fact that the sculpture looks different, the streets have been expanded, and almost all houses have been rebuilt, the main idea of the square's architect has been preserved on Victory Square - to show the architecture of France during the reign of the great winner.
Address: Place des Victories, Paris 75002
Metro: Sentier, Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre, Pyramides, Bourse, Les Halles
RER Train: Châtelet - Les Halles