Charming old royal square with new, fresh flair, right in the middle of the lively Marais Quarter.
This square, dedicated under King Henri IV in 1612 as the "Place Royale", is not only one of the oldest but probably also the most architecturally harmonious square in the city. The 36 pavilions (only the two of the king and queen are somewhat higher) are framed by arcaded passageways which house elegant art galleries and restaurants. Above, there are symmetrically designed façades whose composition of light-coloured natural stone, red brick cladding and grey slate roofs create a perfect picture. The consonance of the ensemble is best seen from the small park in the centre of the square. Entry is free. There's even WLAN at the Place des Vosges.