Place de la République
Previously known as the Place du Château d'Eau, the Place de la République joins 11 different roads, and is one of Paris’ busiest and most prominent public squares. Originally planned in 1811, the square is most recognizable for its large, bronze sculpture of Marianne (a symbol of the French Republic), which was created by sculptors Léopold and Charles Morice in the late 19th century. Following a sweeping renovation in 2013, the square is now largely pedestrianized.
Given its proximity to many top Paris landmarks, the Place de la République can be glimpsed on numerous tours, including bike and walking tours.
Things to know before you go
- The Place de la République is outfitted with numerous benches, chairs, and tables, making it a comfortable place to take a breather.
- From the Place de la République, it’s just a quick stroll to Du Pain et Des Idées: a popular bakery said to make the finest croissants in Paris.
- As part of its redesign, the public square installed a reflecting pool, hundreds of trees, and the Café Fluctuat Nec Mergitur, which offers traditional French dishes and drinks (plus free Wi-Fi).
How to get there
To reach Place de la République via public transportation, take Metro Lines 3, 5, 8, 9, and 11 to Républiqe, which is located just beneath the square. Alternatively, the landmark is served by the Bus Lines 20, 56, 65, and 75, and can easily be reached on foot, by car, or bicycle.
When to get there
The Place de la République is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. During the daytime, it’s the perfect place to kick back and people watch; at night, the square is also frequented by late-night revelers on their way to and from the area’s many bars and nightclubs. Note that République is occasionally host to public protests and demonstrations, during which it’s best to avoid the area.
The République area is conveniently situated just a quick stroll away from many of Paris’ major attractions. If you’re in the area, you can follow the hipsters to the trendy Canal Saint-Martin, explore cultural highlights of the Marais like the Musée Picasso, or seek out the elegant Place des Vosges.
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