About Place de la Concorde
Place de la Concorde in Paris was the site where King Louis XVI was executed on 21 January 1793.
During the French Revolution, Place de la Concorde was named Place de la Revolution. Prior to this, it had been known as Place Louis XV and had contained a statue of the monarch. However, when the revolution took hold, this monument was taken down and replaced with the guillotine.
Place de la Concorde became the focus of the executions of France’s elite during the Reign of Terror, a period of exceptional violence during the French Revolution. Over 1,300 people were executed at Place de la Concorde, amongst them Louis XVI’s wife Marie Antoinette and even leading revolutionary figures such as Danton and Robespierre.
Today, Place de la Concorde is the home of the Luxor Obelisk. This monument was gifted to the French by the viceroy of Egypt in 1833 and it once formed part of the ancient Luxor Temple.
The Luxor Temple is a vast sacred Ancient Egyptian site which once formed part of the city of Thebes. It is UNESCO listed.
La Conciergerie in Paris is a former palace turned prison which now serves as a museum and government building.
The remains of the Bastille prison can be viewed at Square Henri Galli in Paris.
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