Place Vendome, Paris

11 Place Vendôme, 75001 Paris, France

Place Vendome, formerly of Louis the Great Square - one of the five "Royal Square" in Paris. It is located in the first municipal district of Paris, near the Opéra. Area was created in 1699 in honor of the Great Monarch Lyudovika XIV. Its current name she received from Cesar de Vendome Palace. In the center of Place Vendome installed 44 -meter Vendome column with a statue of Napoleon at the top, made on the model of the Roman Trajan's Column. It was established by Napoleon in 1806 to commemorate the victory at the Battle of Austerlitz. WRAPPED bronze spiral column, which shows the battle scene was made from captured in battle Austrian and Russian guns. In the western area of ​​the house number 15 is established in 1898 Cesar Ritsem one of the most luxurious hotels in Paris - "Hotel Ritz". Since 1979 it belongs to the Egyptian billionaire Mohamed Al Fayed, father of the deceased, along with Princess Diana, Dodi Fayed. It was from the hotel "Ritz" left Mercedes Fayed on the night of the accident under the square dAlmè. Among the celebrities who stayed at the hotel "Ritz" - Contessa di Castiglione and Coco Chanel, who lived here for the last 37 years of his life, as well as Ernest Hemingway, Charlie Chaplin, Marcel Proust others. In house number 12, located in Piazza spent his last days and died in 1849, Frederic Chopin. In the same building, Napoleon III met his future wife, Eugenia. The house number 21 since 1934 was the fashion house of Elsa Schiaparelli. Wealthy residents of the Place Vendome, lives in the house number 11, was a stockbroker Poisson, a prisoner in the Bastille for dishonest transaction. He gained his freedom by giving his mansion authorities, and to this day is the Ministry of Justice and the Office of France. On the facade of the building you can see the marble plate indicating meter standard. Standard was established in 1795 to Parisians have learned to use the new measure of length. A home owner number 8 was the brother of Madame de Pompadour. Today in the Place Vendome are many boutiques, including jewelry, including headquarters Chanel, Cartier boutique, Byulgari and others.

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