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Place de la République

paris place de la république

Place de la République  - Metro : République
This huge place located at the junction of several variously coloured districts is not a usual goal of Parisian tourism. Encircled by le Marais in the South, the Bastille and the cemetery of the Père-Lachaise in the East, Belleville in North, the Grand Boulevards in the West, the Place de la République became, during these two last decades, the symbolic place of spontaneous gathering of the great popular demonstrations. Formerly called Place of the Water Tower, its current name was ratified in 1879, when a public contest was launched for the construction of a monument dedicated to the republic. The brothers Léopold and Charles Morice carried it. Their imposing sculpture, which incarnates the values of Freedom, Egalité, Fraternité, throne today still in the middle of the rectangular place. Around it, we celebrate each year on July 14 there by inviting many orchestras to dance in the street. The political character of this place whose symbolic system is strong, also attracts the processions protestors, which they are trade-union, associative or social.  In the place of the barracks of gendarmerie located at the north of the place a place replaces which made run the Parisian ones at the end of the XIXth century: famous Wauxhall where Daguerre projected its dioramas through its magic lanterns. Ancestor of our contemporary cinemas. A plate of honor still commemorates the disappeared place.

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