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Jewish Quarter Center

The Place des Vosges is the oldest planned city square in Paris built from 1605-1612 by Henri IV. The square became a prototype for many other squares throughout Europe, setting the example for residential city planning. This historic and beautiful square is worth walking through purely for the history, but it is also a great place to sit down and relax and perhaps have a picnic and snap a few photos. Originally named Place Royale, the square was built to celebrate the wedding between Louis XIII and Anne of Austria. A statue of of Louis XIII stood in the middle of the square but was melted down during the Revolution in the late 18th Century and renamed Place des Vosges after the département of the Vosges, which was the first to pay taxes to support the Revolutionary army.

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