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Place Dauphine, Paris

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Henry IV ordered the creation of Place Dauphine, named for his son, the Dauphin of France and future Louis XIII, who was born in 1601. One of the earliest city-planning projects of Henri IV, this sits on a site created from part of the western garden of the walled Palais de la Cité (Capetian kings lived there before the Louvre was built). In 1792, during the Revolution, Place Dauphine became Place Thionville, a name it retained until 1814. Today, you can find hotels, restaurants, and a peaceful park here. Many enjoy the spot for its views of Pont Neuf and the Île de la Cité. Use our Paris trip tool to visit Place Dauphine on your trip to Paris, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • I come here each time I am in Paris to sit on a bench in the center and admire the harmony of the urban design. On 2 sides of the triangle are lovely townhouses, most of a harmonious design. The...  more »
  • I can't think of a more beautiful and interesting place in the area. I could walk around for hours. Quintessential Paris.  more »
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  • Pleasant triangular plaza surrounded by typical Parisian buildings. Quiet and beautifully lit at night
  • This is a romantic place forever . also famous for tasty food too. Probably 3 acres of land was conveyed to Achilles Harley on 10 March 1607 with instructions to execute a project according to a general plan in which the houses would adhere to a specified and repetitious facade. The development consisted of two components: a triangular square and a row of houses across from the base of the triangle on the eastern side of the rue Harley, with returns extending further east along the quasi. There were two entrances to the square: one in the middle of the eastern range and the second at the western point, opening onto the Port Nerf. The western gateway was formed by paired pavilions facing the bridge and the statue of Henri IV on its other side. The last of the houses to be constructed (at the southeast corner of the square) was finished in 1616.Originally all were built with more or less the specified facades, which were similar to those at the Place Royal, although the houses were more modest. Each repeating unit comprised on the ground floor two arcades shopfronts dressed with stone between which a narrow door opened into a passage to an interior court with a steep staircase leading to two residential floors above. These were faced with brick and limestone quoins, chines, and tablets. At the top was an attic floor with a steep slate roof and dormers, similar to the Place Royal, except that each range at the Place Dauphin was covered by a single roof, and the dormers "gave no hint of separate houses". In fact, behind the facades, the houses themselves, built by separate buyers, varied with regard to plan and area. Since its construction, almost all of the houses surrounding the square have been raised in height, given new facades, rebuilt, or replaced with imitations of the originals. Only two retain their original appearance, those flanking the entrance facing the Port Nerf.

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