One of the most famous – or should I say infamous – squares in Paris is the Place de la Concorde. It was designed in 1755 in honour of King Louis XV and therefore named after him. However, during the French Revolution this was the stage of many executions, a quillotine being a cuel prop.
This square changed names many times: from Place Louis XV to Place the la Révolution. From Place de la Concorde, back to Place Louis XV. It then was named Place Louis XVI (note: Louis XVI was executed here) and finally it changed its name back to Place the la Concorde.
So what is there to see these days? First of all, have a look at the Egyptian obelisk. Egypt gave this obelisk to France in 1833. Once this was the entrance to the Luxor Temple, it’s been on the Place de la Concorde since 1836. Secondly have a look at the fountains on this square. Once you’re done, it’s an easy walk to the Champs-Élysées or the Tuilleries Gardens.