on September 22, 2007
The Champs Elysees is an avenue that runs for 2km/1.25miles through the 8th arrondissement in northwestern Paris, from the Place de la Concorde in the east, with its obelisk, to the Place Charles de Gaulle in the west location of the Arch of Triumph. This avenue is one of the principal tourist destinations in Paris; the lower part is bordered by greenery and by buildings such as the theatre Marigny and the Grand Palais. The Elysees palace is a little bit to the north not on the avenue itself. Further to the west, the avenue is lined with cinemas, theaters, cafés, restaurants, and luxury specialty shops.The Champs Elysees is known as the most beautiful avenue in the world and the most expensive strip of real estate in the world after the New York City’s Fifth Avenue. The name Elysees refers to the Elysian Fields, the place of the blessed in Greek mythology.The arrangement of this avenue was first undertaken under Louis XIV. This land became the Grand Cours or Allee du Roule and the architect Le Notre set up a path in order to continue the Tuileries perspective. For a long time one could only find along this path, cabarets, cafés and a few houses with cows grazing in the fields. Finally gardens were created by Hittorf, the last architect of the Concorde place. It's only since the Second Empire (second part of the XIXth) that the area became occupied by business men and financials invaded by trade with rich French and foreign customers, and that stood numerous and luxurious hotels. Around these gardens are the Elysee Palace (residence of Presidents since 1873), the U.S.A and British embassies, theaters, and elegant restaurants.
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