on October 25, 2004
The Place de la Concorde is the big square that anchors the other end of Les Champs Elysees in central Paris. La Concorde has two magnificent fountains at each end of the square, as well as the 3,300-year-old Luxor obelisk that was given to Charles IX in 1829 by Mehmet Ali of Egypt. The obelisk has hieroglyphics and drawings all over it, and it dominates the Place de la Concorde.
During the French Revolution, the Place de la Concorde was known as Place du Revolution and was the site of the famous guillotine that executed thousands of French aristocrats during the bloody Reign of Terror.
Having read Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities, the visual image of Madame LeFarge knitting the names of the victims into her work was creepy. I could imagine the sound of the carriages on the cobblestone paths, carrying their victims to their deaths, the sound of the guillotine sliding down to behead someone, and the cheers of the crowds. I was glad of the extra sunshine on the day we visited la Concorde.
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