A compulsory place to visit in Paris is of course La Place de la Concorde, originally designed by A-J Gabriel and created around 1760.
I guess you all know about the more than 3000 year old obelisk – still looking fresh - brought there from Luxor in Egypt in 1833. You probably also know that for a while the place first was named after Louis XV, then it became Place de la Révolution (you can guess when), then Place de la Concorde. Then for a short period it was named after Louis XVI and then, in 1830, it was again renamed Place de la Concorde. You certainly also know that the guillotine was installed there during some years (1793-94) for about 1300 executions, including those of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
Well, this was the introduction, but actually I wanted today to concentrate – at least image wise - only on the lamp posts which surround the place. These were placed there together with two fountains, statues etc. as a final decoration of the place, completed in 1846 with J-I Hittorff, who closely followed the original plans by Gabriel, as architect.
There are two major lamp posts, one at each side of the entry to Les Champs Elysées and I show you one of them more in detail, but there are also tens of a smaller model. These lamp posts were also the first ones in Paris to immediately be electrically lighted, when installed in 1844.
The original photos from the patchwork above can be found on my second blog, "Peter - photos".