Place de la Nation | Straddling the 11th and 12th arrondissements

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Decorated with a bronze sculpture and framed by two pillars that reach into the sky, this handsome round square is lined with horse chestnut trees and tells the story of the triumphs of the Republic.

A little history…

Originally named Place du Trône after the building of the royal throne on August 26th 1660, for Louis XIV’s arrival in Paris, after the French Revolution it was renamed Place du Trône-Renversé (Place of the Overthrown Throne): a guillotine, erected here in 1794, decapitated more than three thousand people suspected of anti-revolutionary sentiment. Eighty-six years later, the 14th of July was declared the national holiday and the square was renamed Place de la Nation.

The Triumph of the Republic

At the centre of Place de la Nation stands a monumental bronze statue by Jules Dalou, depicting the Triumph of the Republic: allegories of Work and Justice surround a woman – the symbol of the Republic – who stands on a chariot drawn by two lions driven by the Génie de la Liberté.

The Trône columns

Close to Place de la Nation on Avenue du Trône stand two tall pillars topped with statues of Philippe Auguste, sculpted by Auguste Dumont, and Saint Louis by Antoine Etex. Each is flanked by a square shaped toll house. Designed by Claude Nicolas Ledoux in 1787, these two buildings were part of the wall of the Fermiers Généraux, the enclosure with barriers at which people entering the city paid a toll.


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