Sign in a series of signs placed by the municipality of Paris describing the history of the city’s gardens.
This is the Place des Vosges garden. The garden was photographed the day before Click for a larger image Click for a larger image
The current name of the square appears on the sign located there Click for a larger image
Details about the statue of Louis XIII which is in the garden and indicated on the sign, can be found on the next page Click for sign's details
The garden is also noted as a site in the history of Paris Click for sign's details Translation of the text on the sign
CITY OF PARIS Square Louis XIII
After the death of Henri II (1519-1559), the Palais des Tournelles was temporarily occupied by a horse market in its northern part. Henri IV, anxious to get the economy moving again, built a silk weaving factory there and developed the surrounding area to accommodate merchants and their shops. The pavilions rest on arcades and respond to a rigorous plan. Their facades are built economically in half-timbered construction, with plaster coatings imitating brick or stone. The square was inaugurated under the name of Place Royale by Louis XIII (1601-1643), on the occasion of his marriage to Anne of Austria (1601-1666), in 1615. In 1682, a first garden, enclosed by gates, was laid out. Destroyed during the French Revolution, it was rebuilt in the 19th century, with four fountains by Jean-Pierre Cortot (1787-1843), based on drawings by Jean Ménager. The equestrian statue of Louis XIII, begun by Charles Dupaty (1771-1825), omes the center. The square was renamed Place des Vosges in 1799, after the name of the first department to pay tax.
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