This prestigious square, situated in Paris’ 1st arrondissement, is also one of the capital’s most famous and one of the most luxurious in the world. Renowned for its jewellers and watchmakers, it is also home to some superb mansions and a monumental bronze column.
Paris Place Vendôme, the most luxurious place in the world
There are some thirty mansions, including the famous Hôtel de Bourvallais, at number 13, which today houses the Ministry of Justice. The facades of the famous square, the architecture of which is the work of Jules Hardouin-Mansart, are almost all listed historical monuments. The column at the centre of the square, called the Vendôme Column, was first erected by Napoleon to commemorate the Battle of Austerlitz before being destroyed by the Communards who made it a symbol of the tyranny of the Emperor. Inspired by Trajan’s Column in Rome, it is 44 m high with an average diameter of 3.6 m!
La Place Vendôme
- Between the Rue Saint-Honoré, Rue de Castiglione and Rue de la Paix, Paris 1er
- Metro: Opéra Station, Lines 3, 7 and 8 ; Madeleine Station, Lines 8, 12 and 14 ; Pyramides Station, Lines 7 and 14 ; Tuileries Station, Line 1
Hotel d’Aubusson Paris, a 4 star hotel in the heart of Saint-Germain des Prés.