The architect of the Place de la Bourse, Ange-Jacques Gabriel, was inspired by the design of the Place Vendôme in Paris. The two historic buildings framing the square are also a wonderful sight: one is the Palais de la Bourse (now home to the city's Chamber of Commerce and Industry), and the other is the National Museum of Customs. Pediments adorned with masks and the ironwork of the buildings illustrate the history of the city. At the centre of the square stands an iconic, majestic statue that reflects the ruler or era: the original statue of King Louis XV on horseback was replaced soon after the French Revolution by a “tree of liberty”, which in turn was changed in 1869 to the bronze and marble Three Graces Fountain that remains today.
Since July 2006, the largest water mirror in the world (3,450 sqm), designed by landscape architect Michel Corajoud has occupied the final side of the Place de la Bourse. Situated between the Quay de la Douane and the Quay Louis XVIII, it reflects the facades of the monuments with magical light effects. The square has become a favourite spot for locals, especially on hot summer days when children splash about on the thin surface of water to cool off.
Place de la Bourse and Miroir d'Eau
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