The Place de la Concorde was built in 1750 with a grand statue of Louis XV in the center. During the French Revolution, the statue was dismantled and a guillotine set up: Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette, Robespierre, and Danton all lost their heads here. Concorde is a focal point for major landmarks: the Arc de Triomphe, the Madeleine church, the National Assembly, and the Tuileries Gardens and Louvre. At the center of the square is a gift from Egypt - a 75 ft obelisk from the temple of Luxor.
Place de la Concorde, Paris VIII
There are structures we cannot imagine the world without. The Tower, no matter the critical architect's savvy, French opinion on its status as eyesore, is so filled with the hopes and loves and dreams of romance throughout humanity, that the only real underlying response to her vaulted presence is gratitude and an eternal expectation that she, even if loves fade away, will always be there.