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Place des Vosges, Paris

The Place des Vosges is the oldest square in Paris. It is located in le Marais, and is part of the 3rd and 4th arrondissements of Paris.
Originally known as the Place Royale, the Place des Vosges was built by Henri IV, from 1605 to 1612. A true square (140 m x 140 m), it was the first program of royal city planning. The Place des Vosges, inaugurated in 1612 with a grand carrousel to celebrate the wedding of Louis XIII and Anne of Austria, is the prototype of all the residential squares of European cities that were to come. What was new about the Place Royale in 1612 was that the housefronts were all built to the same design, probably by Baptiste du Cerceau,of red brick with strips of stone quoins over vaulted arcades that stand on square pillars. The steeply-pitched blue slate roofs are pierced with discreet small-paned ormers above the pedimented dormers that stand upon the cornices. Only the north range was built with the vaulted ceilings that the "galleries" were meant to have. Two pavilions that rise higher than the unified roofline of the square center the north and south faces and offer access to the square through triple arches. Though they are designated the Pavilion of the King and of the Queen, no royal personage has ever lived in the aristocratic square. The Place des Vosges initiated subsequent developments of Paris that created a suitable urban background for the French aristocracy.

Today the square is planted with a bosquet of mature lindens set in grass and gravel, surrounded by clipped lindens. It is in the summer that parisians seize every opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and their lovely gardens. Every green corner is taken by casual readers, families, kids and talkative young people.

For other pictures of my trip to France, click here.

6/6/2007 18:11:58
Shooting Mode: Shutter-Priority AE
Tv (Shutter Speed): 1/250
Av (Aperture Value): 9.0
Metering Mode: Evaluative Metering
Exposure Compensation: 0
ISO Speed: 400
Lens: 70.0 - 300.0 mm
Focal Length: 300.0 mm
Image Quality: RAW
White Balance Mode: Auto
AF Mode: One-Shot AF
Picture Style: Standard
Noise Reduction: Off
Drive Mode: Continuous shooting

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