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Place des Vosges, Paris

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Landmark · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The oldest planned square in Paris, Place des Vosges is a quiet spot surrounded by cafes and shops. Listen to the trickle of water from one of the four fountains while sitting at a bench. Henri IV built this perfect square 140 sq m (460 sq ft) from 1605 to 1612 to use as a royal pavilion for duels. Green lawns radiate out from its center. Expertly manicured lindens surround a formal plantation of mature linden trees called a bosquet, which provide a shady oasis. Arrange to visit Place des Vosges and other attractions in Paris using our Paris trip planner.
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  • Each time we are in Paris, we return to this lovely square, one of the city's first efforts at town planning. Henry IV's idea to create a safe place for festivals, and to house the upper class in...  more »
  • Personally I think it is the most beautiful square of Paris. Well maintained and the area around it gives you opportunities to grab a bite to eat as well.  more »
  • One of my favorite places in Paris. Very picturesque and feels still a bit local and not so touristy. Get some coffee or snack and sit down in the sun and observe Parisian everyday life!
  • Incredible little known historical square. Love the surrounding art galleries and shops. Wouldn’t eat here though, tourist prices for non tourist food. Go a couple street elsewhere for more authentic French food.

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