Place des Vosges

Hôtel de la Place du Louvre invites you to explore this magical royal palace, its square, boutiques and art galleries before a stroll around the Marais neighbourhood.

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place des vosges

Place des Vosges is a historical site in Paris commissioned by King Henri IV with several mansions and Victor Hugo's house which is now a Paris museum.

Place des Vosges 

The site was originally intended to be a major fabric manufacuring area with housing for staff working at the future factories.

Instead, investors built stunning homes attracting the nobility to this new fashionable area. This is where King Henri IV decided to have a royal palace built in 1605, the oldest in Paris after Place Dauphine. The king's pavilion to the south stands out for its extra height and stands opposite the queen's pavilion, surrounded by mansions. In 1615, Henri IV's successor, King Louis XIII's marriage to Anne of Austria was celebrated on the square.

The name of the square refers to the region in North East France as it was the first to pay the taxes established by the government at the time. Not far from Hôtel de la Place du Louvre, the site is instantly recognisable with its red brick walls and central garden, Square Louis XIII lined with trees and featuring four fountains designed by Jean-Pierre Cortot. The square has been listed as a Monument Historique since 1954.

You can walk around the whole square beneath the arcades and gaze at their boutiques and art galleries before heading to the apartment where Victor Hugo once lived. 

Victor Hugo's house 

6 Place des Vosges is the address where the famous French author Victor Hugo lived between 1832 and 1848. This is where he wrote Les Chants du crépuscule and Ruy Blas before being exiled to Jersey and Guernesey. The site is now a Paris museum that's free to enter (apart from temporary exhibitions). A tour here gives you the chance to experience the author's personal life and its fascinating displays unveil Victor Hugo's poetic world. 

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