...So much was closing in about the women who sat knitting, knitting, that they their very selves were closing in around a structure yet unbuilt, where they were to sit knitting, knitting, counting dropping heads." From "A Tale of Two Cities.
La Place de la Concorde is the big square that anchors the other end of Les Champs Elysees in central Paris. It was made famous by Charles Dickens in his novel A Tale of Two Cities. During the French Revolution, Place de la Concorde was known as Place du Revolution and was the place where the famous Guillotine stood during the French Revolution and executed thousands of French aristocrats during the bloody Terror.
I had just read A Tale of Two Cities in my senior English class that year, and I was happy to go to the place of such bloodshed. I could hear the sound of the carriages on the cobblestone paths carrying its victims to their deaths, the sound of the guillotine sliding down to behead someone, the sound of the cheers of the crowds, and one could visualize Madame LaFarge sitting in the front row knitting the names of the victims into her work.
Place de la Concorde has two fountains at each end of the square. It also has the 3,300-year-old Luxor obelisk that was given to Charles IX in 1829 by Mehmet Ali of Egypt. The obelisk has hyrogliphics and drawings all over it, and it dominates Place de la Concorde.
It is free to see Place de la Concorde and if you are a Dickens fan or a French Revolution aficionado, a visit to Place de la Concorde is highly recommended.