Place des Vosges | Tiananmen Square


Paris, France; 1605–12 | Beijing, China; from 1651

The Place des Vosges (above left) was the public square in Paris to be built to a unified design – and the first one anywhere in Europe since the forums of imperial Rome.

Commissioned by Henri IV in the first decade of the seventeenth century, it was built on the site of a medieval royal palace, the Hôtel Tourelle, and was known until 1800 as the Place Royale. In 1559 Henri II had died there, from injuries sustained while jousting in the grounds, and his widow, Catherine de’ Medici, sold most of the vast estate to pay for the Tuileries Palace.

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