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Sign: Paris - Gardens - Square Louis-XIII (Place des Vosges)


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25 Pl. des Vosges, 75004 Paris, France
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On the sign:
VILLE DE PARIS

Square Louis-XIII
1682

Après la mort d’Henri II (1519-1559), le palais des Tournelles est occupé provisoirement par un marché aux chevaux dans sa partie nord. Henri IV, soucieux de remettre l’économie en marche, y fait bâtir une manufacture de tissage de la soie et lotir les abords pour accueillir les marchands et leurs boutiques. Les pavillons reposent sur des arcades et répondent à un plan rigoureux. Leurs façades sont construites à l’économie en pans de bois, avec des enduits de plâtre imitant la brique ou la pierre. La place est inaugurée sous le nom de place Royale par Louis XIII (1601-1643), à l’occasion de son mariage avec Anne d’Autriche (1601-1666), en 1615. En 1682, un premier jardin, clos de grilles, est aménagé. Détruit à la Révolution française, il est reconstitué au XIX siècle, avec quatre fontaines de Jean-Pierre Cortot (1787-1843), sur des dessins de Jean Ménager. La statue équestre de Louis XIII, commencée par Charles Dupaty (1771-1825), ome le centre. La place est rebaptisée place des Vosges en 1799. du nom du premier département à s’acquitter de l’impôt.

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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
1682

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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