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Location address: France, Parijs, Place de la Concorde
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The last king of France, Louis XVI was beheaded at the Place de la Concorde. There is a story that somebody jumped on the scaffold and put his hands in the blood of the king and cried: ‘Jacques de Molay, now you are avenged’. Jacques de Molay was the leader of the Knights Templar in the 14th century. He was executed near the Notre Dame, accused of heresy. Some see in this “act” after the beheading of Louis XVI a sign that the Templars “survived” for many more centuries, or even still survive as a secret organisation.
During the French Revolution, there was a statue of Louis XV. It was torn down and the area renamed “Place de la Révolution”. Here, at that square, the new revolutionary government erected the guillotine here. Famous people such as King Louis XVI, Queen Marie Antoinette, Madame élisabeth, Charlotte Corday, Madame du Barry, Danton, Desmoulins, Lavoisier, Robespierre, Louis de Saint-Just and Olympe de Gouge were killed here.
Now, the center of the Place de la Concorde is occupied by a giant Egyptian obelisk decorated with hieroglyphics exalting the reign of the pharaoh Ramses II. It is one of two the Egyptian government gave to the French in the nineteenth century. The other one stayed in Egypt, too difficult and heavy to move to France with the technology at that time. In the 1990s, President François Mitterrand gave the second obelisk back to the Egyptians.
The Place de la Concorde (French pronunciation: [plas də la kɔ̃kɔʁd]) is one of the major public squares in Paris, France. Measuring 8.64 hectares (21.3 acres) in area, it is the largest square in the French capital. It is located in the city’s eighth arrondissement, at the eastern end of the Champs-Élysées.
Place de la Concorde was where King Louis XVI and many others were executed during the French Revolution.