Place des Victoires
Place des Victoires was designed by the royal architect Jules Hardouin Mansart at the end of the 17th century. A statue of Louis XIV on horseback is its dominating centrepiece, and it is lined with buildings arranged in a crescent. It is situated between the 1st and 2nd 'arrondissements' of Paris, at the convergence of six streets.
One of the streets converging at the plaza, Rue Etienne-Marcel, is a high end shopping street. Another street, Rue Vide Gousset, leads to the popular pilgrimage site of Notre Dame Basilica. Adorned by seven paintings by Van Loo there are over 40,000 offerings dedicated to the Virgin on the walls.
Near the Basilica is the Place des Petits-Peres, a lesser known plaza with an old bakery shop. Near the plaza, accessible through Rue de Feuillade, is the Galerie Vivienne. With its glass domed rotunda and mosaic tiled floor, it is one the most beautiful covered shopping malls in Paris. Built in the early 1800s, the back of this gallery connects to the equally splendid Galerie Colbert.
The area surrounding the Place des Victoires is a wealthy neighbourhood. Fashionable stores include Kenzo, Victoire and Thierry Mugler.