A Royal Square during the Revolution
In 1789, the Place des Vosges was still called the “Place Royale”: a square built in honor of King Louis XIII. For revolutionaries, the city could not be used for the monarchy’s cult of personality. The square was then rechristened. Since that was where cannons and weapons were stored, it became the “Place du Parc-d’Artillerie” when the war broke out in 1792. It was then renamed “Place des Fédérés” (August 19, 1792), followed by the “Place de l’Indivisibilité” (July 4, 1793) and eventually, with its current name on September 13, 1800, in honor of the civic-mindedness of the people from the Vosges, who were the first to pay their taxes that year.
Place des Vosges