Place de la Concorde is a public square in Paris that spans over 20 acres. It lies on the alignment of Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Tuileries Garden, and the Louvre Museum. This route is often referred to as the Historical Axis of Paris.
The square features statues at eight sides, which represent eight French cities Brest, Bordeaux, Lyon, Lillie, Strasbourg, Rouen, Marseille, and Nantes. The complex of the octagonal square in Paris includes a guillotine, which resides in the midst of the square or where Louis XVI of France was executed during the French Revolution alongside Queen of France Marie-Antionette and lawyer Maximilien Robespierre.
The historical aspect of Place de la Concorde makes it a tourist attraction in the city capital. Its location close to the Parisian monuments and landmarks makes it an ideal place to include into your Paris city tour itinerary. To the west of the square is the Arc de Triomphe; to the north is the Madeleine; to the east, the Tuileries Garden; and the Palais Bourbon building to the south across the River Seine. Those on a Paris tour peer into the square to see the two fountains there, which takes cues from the fountains in Rome’s St. Peter’s Square.
Both Fontaine des Fleuves and Fontaine des Mers in Place de la Concorde are made of cast iron and are similar in form. The sculptures on the fountains are decorated with bronze coatings. Each of the fountains has two basins that are placed in the center of a larger basin. The superimposed sculptures that adorn the fountains in the square were made by sculptors who worked under the supervision of Jacques Ignace Hittorff, the main architect of the fountains.
Fontaine des Mers south to the Place de la Concorde pays tributes to the maritime trade of France. The upper basin of Fontaine des Mers is adorned with sculptures that represent the trade, astronomy, and maritime navigation. The sculptures that support its lower basin are symbolic of the Mediterranean Sea and fishing.
Fontaine des Fleuves to the north of the square pays tribute to river trade and maritime navigation of France. The sculptures of this fountain represent the Rhone River and Rhine River alongside wheat and grapes crops. They are also symbolic of French agriculture and maritime navigation.