Place des VosgesPlace des Vosges is an old square that lies on the dividing line between the 3rd and 4th arrondissements. Inaugurated as Place Royale in 1612, this square was the pioneer of European city planning, as it was the first to have symmetrical designs. All the houses were arranged around the square and were fitted with large dormer windows as well as identical slate roofs. The buildings only differ in the fact that some were made of brick entirely (especially the earlier houses), while the others are half-timbered structures.

Many notables resided in this area, Victor Hugo (novelist, poet) being one of them. His old apartment has now been converted into a museum – Maison de Victor Hugo [6 Place des Vosges +33 144721016 Free], dedicated to documenting his life and his works.