The Place de la Concorde is unique in the World both for architectural
harmony and perspective. On the North side, the Rue Royale is flanked
by splendid buildings designed in Louis XV style by Gabriel-Ministère
de la Marine and AutomobileClub de France.
On the east side lies the Rue de Rivoli which skirts the Jardin des
Tuileries and the Palais du Louvre; further down, the view of the Tuileries,
towards the Louvre, is framed by the Louvre, « Chevaux Ailés
» of Coysevox (Winged Horses). On the south side, the Pont de
la Concorde (Concorde Bridge) leads to the Palais Bourbon.
Last but not least, on the west side, with the « Chevaux de Marly
», fretting with joy, mounting guard on each side, opens the Champs-Elysées,
the Triumphal Causeway which runs as far as the Arc de Triomphe de l'Etoile.
In the Center of the Place de la Concorde, stands the Obélisque,
a 23 meters monolith, weighing 230 tons. It was lifted from the ruins
of the Louksor Temple and offered to France by Mehemet-Ali, during the
reign of Louis-Philippe.
At the foot of the Obelisk two fountains have been built, after those
in Saint-Peter's Square in Rome. Round the Place de la Concorde stand
eight Statues de Ville (Town Statues), representing Lyon, Marseille,
Nantes and Bordeaux, Lille and Strasbourg, Brest and Rouen. The last
two were sculptured by Cortot, and all the others by Pradier.
The Jardin des Tuileries overlooks the Place and one can already see
the Musée du Jeu de Paume on the right, and the Musée
de l'Orangerie on the left. Claude Monet's famous « Nymphéas
» are on view in the Musée de l'Orangerie. The Jardin is
typically French in style. Some very fine stand round the octogonal
pond. On the left is the pretty Terrasse du Bord de l'Eau (riverside
terrace), formely the playground of heirs presumptive and the Roi de
In the center the Grande Allée (the Main Alley) lined with staggered
rows of trees, leads to the round pond. More fine statutes, works of
Coysevox. Couston, and Le Pautre in the Greenhouses.