Place de la Liberation

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Jules060617
Lausanne, Switzerland1 109 contributions
Mar 2022
Bequtiful lay-out that enhances the Palais des Ducs de Bourgogne, where the magnificant Musée des Beaux-Arts is situated. Some good restaurants in the square.
Written 5 May 2022
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William F
Denver, CO590 contributions
Oct 2021
Big town square with lot of restaurants. You will walk though here numerous times in Dijon. Also there is a post office here as I have a friend who still likes to get postcards. it is very pretty at night when lit up.
Written 24 October 2021
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia22 399 contributions
Feb 2020
Like many squares of the main cities of France, this square was called the Royal Square. The equestrian Statue of Louis XIV symbolically recalled that
Place Royale was built between 1681 and 1686, during the reign of the Sun King, as he was flatteringly called. The architect was Jules Ardouin-Mansard, who made a name for himself in construction in Paris (Place Vendome), Chambord and most importantly in Versailles. The origin of the name of the square is so named in connection with the liberation of Dijon in 1944. Anecdotal situation occurred with the monument. The 26-ton Louis XIV is stuck in Auxerre. The bridges along the way would not have been able to withstand such a heavy king. The Sun King reigned so long that he outlived his son, but did not wait for his statue in Dijon. The statue has lain in Auxerre for exactly as many years as it weighed, to reign over the square in 1725. However, the clock of History was already ticking for the Bourbons and the statue was sent to be melted down for cannons at the Le Creusot factory in 1792. The same year that the great-grandson of the Sun King was beheaded in another Royal Square only in Paris. Probably, as cannons, Louis XIV was more useful. Then begins the epidemic of renaming, which can be traced to the main events of French history. The square became Place d'Armes-the Place de la armee in 1792. The Napoleonic administration renamed it Place Impériale in 1804. It became the Place Royale again during the Bourbon Restoration in 1814. However, the revolutions in France did not end and it again took Place d'Armes after the July Revolution. For a century, the square was not renamed, but after the occupation of 1940, the square was renamed in honor of the hero of World War I and concurrently the main traitor at the end of the Second war, Marshal Petain. The main collaborator even managed to perform on the square in May 1944 The Place du Maréchal Pétain ended a few months later along with the fall of the Petain regime and the square becomes the Place de la Liberation at the insistence of the communists. By the way, it was here that the police chief of the collaborators was lynched without trial in 1945. And we think this only in the Middle Ages or in Afghanistan... Despite the constant renaming, the square remained the same. Semi-circular shape, Ducal Palace. Large-scale changes took place only in 2005-2006 under the direction of architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte. The square was closed to traffic, 3 fountains were installed (now they are still illuminated) and a new stone was laid. It turned out very stylish. Both in the evening and in the afternoon.
Written 27 January 2021
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Ezra Joma
Bristol, UK69 contributions
Aug 2020
We discovered this place during our day of visit, it had already pleased us, but we saw it again during the night, it was magnificent
Written 27 August 2020
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stephanverdoold
Rotterdam, The Netherlands272 contributions
Aug 2020
When visiting Dijon you will not miss out on this landmark. It is a pretty plaza that you can visit easily.
Written 17 August 2020
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Welovetravel
Richmond, UK52 contributions
Jul 2020
It is a very large place, even more beautiful in the evening with the illuminations, very clean and we felt safe
Written 5 August 2020
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Greg H
13 contributions
Jul 2020
This is a lovely semi-circle plaza containing numerous cafes/restaurants and modern water fountains. On a warm day, it is nice to come here and sip a cold drink and let the kids run and play in the water.

It can get fairly busy and restaurants are generally more expensive than others. But, if you want to sit in a luxurious setting, see and be seen, this is hard to beat. If you don't want to sit at one of the restaurants, there are a number of simple stone benches.

*Note: the Owl's Trail go through here. Take the alley to the left!
Written 7 July 2020
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VNKSmith
Mississauga, Canada788 contributions
May 2019
It's so lovely to sit in this expansive square with either a coffee or a glass of wine, and enjoy the view of the palace and watch the people in the square.
Written 11 December 2019
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JB3
Auckland Central, New Zealand211 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
A beautiful place to sit and watch the world go by while having a cafe. So many amazing buildings and so much history to see in this square. Loved the curved arches. Well worth the visit.
Written 16 November 2019
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yns_10
Sydney, Australia1 454 contributions
Nov 2019
This is a large impressive square, the buildings are from the 17th Century. The square became a pedestrian space in 2005 and three fountains were added.
Written 13 November 2019
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