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Paul Claudel in the salons of the Ritz on the subject of Place Vendôme in 1950.
Place Vendôme, rue de la Paix, rue de Castiglione, rue Saint-Honoré and the surrounding area, up to rue de Rivoli, rue Cambon, l’Opéra, rue Saint-Roch: a district whose prestige dates back to the will of King Louis XIV who had wished to make it one of the emblems of the splendor of his reign.
There is a style of Place Vendôme …
Now three hundred years old, the facades erected by Jules Hardouin-Mansart from 1699 are one of the theaters where the history of Paris and of France was written.
Suggested by Louvois, Minister of Finance to King Louis XIV, Place Vendôme is, along with Place des Vosges, Place Dauphine and Place des Victoires, one of the royal squares in the city of Paris. From 1699 to 1792, an equestrian statue of Louis XIV, 7 meters high, occupies the site of the column. The latter is shot down during the Revolution.
In the meantime, the place owes its development to John Law who allowed the subdivision of the place and the arrival of great financiers.
Following the victory of Austerlitz in 1805, Napoleon had the Vendôme column erected with the bronze of the guns taken from the enemy. The column, surmounted by a statue of the Emperor, was inaugurated in 1810.
This period also corresponds to the opening of the rue de la Paix and the rue de Castiglione in 1806.
The debacle of 1871 brought back the Republic, third in its name. The Vendôme column, an imperial symbol, was overthrown with the help of the painter Courbet who was then ordered to reassemble it at his own expense.
During the Belle Époque, large families settled in Place Vendôme.
It was with the opening of the Ritz hotel that jewelers left the Palais-Royal to settle in Place Vendôme.