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Publié dans Visit Paris le Sunday, 10 March 2019
A few minutes from the Hotel Relais du Marais you can find the Place de la République, the capital’s largest pedestrianised square and the meeting place for Parisians or anyone wishing to demonstrate, celebrate or pay tribute. With its Monument to the Republic, it’s a location that could not be more symbolic.
Situated at the intersection of the 3rd, 10th and 11th arrondissements, the Place de la République was originally a simple crossroads at the junction of the Boulevard Saint-Martin and the Boulevard du Temple.
Reconfigured by Baron Haussmann as part of his city-wide renovation in 1854, this 33,000 m2 square became the ideal spot for strolling under the trees, along the promenades or around the flower market. Before receiving its current name in 1879, the square was called the Place du Château-d'Eau.
Bordered on the south side by the Marais, by Belleville to the North, the Grands Boulevards in the West, and Bastille and the Père-Lachaise Cemetery in the East, this huge square surrounded by lively and multicultural neighbourhoods is now a centre of life and expression, and a venue for political meetings and various popular events. Night owls appreciate the wealth of places in the vicinity where relaxation and entertainment are available, including bars, concert venues, nightclubs and theatres.
Since 2013, the Place de la République has sported a new look with excellent amenities that have made it more popular and family-friendly. It now favours pedestrian-priority spaces at the expense of significantly reduced traffic lanes. Tranquil, airy and uncluttered, the square now boasts a café pavilion, water features and lots of trees and seating where you can take a break or chat with friends. Even the monumental statue in the centre of the square, a monument in honour of the Republic representing the national symbol Marianne wearing a Phrygian cap and holding aloft an olive branch, has benefited from a makeover!
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Relais du Marais, a 3-star hotel in the heart of Le Marais