Place des Vosges and Victor Hugo

Place des Vosges is Paris’ oldest square. It was built for King Henri IV in the 1600’s and it is truly a beautiful place. The king’s residence was on one side, the queen’s on the other. The buildings are all covered with lovely pink brick and there are covered walkways all the way around. There is a park in the middle where duels were once fought and it is now a popular place to come and sit under a tree with your lunch if the day should be nice. On one side is the entry in the very beautiful Hotel de Sully, first the yard, then the house with the library having the original ceiling, then the entry courtyard leading out onto Rue de Rivoli.
On the other side is the former home of Victor Hugo who lived there from 1832 to 1848 which has been turned into a museum with free entry. It contains some of his former furniture including his bed and the desk he wrote all of those books on, such as les Miserables. He was wildly famous in his own time and I once saw some old photos of his funeral. His coffin was huge, covered in black under the Arch de Triumph and it was surrounded by thousands and thousands of people.

Here is a painting of Victor Hugo hanging in the museum.

What I especially liked was seeing the park of Place des Vosges from a window up above in the museum.

All of the Marais, of which Place des Vosges is found, if worth a visit from the Picasso Museum, the Jewish Quarter to the fabulous mansions left from times past when the Marais was the area to live in as it has once again become.

2 thoughts to “Place des Vosges and Victor Hugo”

  1. Hello. Ok this has nothing to do with what you wrote about but I will ask anyway. The thing is I’m doing a report for my french class and I have been trying get my questions answered via google and yahoo which is nearly impossible. What I would like to know and if you don’t mind taking time out of your busy day to answer is, “What music do people in France listen to?” I have found a lot of different french bands and artists but I figured since you are there what do u listen to? I know some American music is popular there but I am more interested in French music. If you know what older people listen to that would be great. Thanks for taking time to read this If u don’t write back that’s ok but it never hurts to ask.

  2. Well, being an American, I listen to French stations, called “Golden Oldies” in the States that play alot of American songs. There is a law in France, by the way, that for every 3 American songs played by the radio station, 1 French song must be played-a way to keep French musicians in business. Alot of French music sounds very similar to me in style. My husband’s son listen to what is called Techno music, which I can’t stand and there is alot of rap. If you go to:
    You will be able to listen to French radio stations on the internet. Many young people listen to NRJ but I couldn’t find it on this site. Hope this helps.

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