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The Place Vendôme is a square located in the very center of Paris, in the 1st district, very close to the Place de la Concorde, the Concorde Opera Hotel and the Tuileries Gardens.On the north side, access is from Place de l'Opéra, via the famous Rue de la Paix.
Originally intended as a setting for the equestrian statue of King Louis the 14th, Place Vendôme was designed by the architect, Jules Hardouin-Mansart, who wanted to make it a grandiose venue devoted to major government institutions. The equestrian statue was quickly destroyed during the French Revolution, and in 1810, Napoleon had the Vendôme column erected there as a souvenir of the Battle of Austerlitz. The column was severely damaged during the Commune de Paris and then restored a short time later.
Today, Place de Vendôme is considered one of the most prosperous squares in Paris. It is home to luxury hotels and the most prestigious jewelry shops, as well as big names in the world of high fashion, such as Dior and Chanel. Departing from the Hôtel du Louvre, whose history is reminiscent of that of the Louvre des Antiquaires, a set of art galleries that is unique in Europe, visitors can reach Place Vendôme by following Rue Saint-Honoré. From there, one can discover this luxurious square hosting the biggest names in jewelry, such as Van Cleef & Arpels, Boucheron, Cartier, Breguet, Chaumet and Mauboussin