Places Around The Avenue des Champs-Elysees
The Avenue des Champs-Elysees
The Avenue des Champs-Elysees is one of the most highly-ranked avenues in Paris. A lot of cinemas, cafes, boutiques are situated. It is also the most famous street in the world with top expensive rent rates. The name of the avenue in English sounds as Elysian Fields which us a place of the blessed dead in Greek mythology.
The length of the avenue is more than 2 km, and it goes through the 8th arrondissement in the north-western area of Paris. Originally the Champs-Elysees were fields and market gardens, but in 1616 Marie de Medici decided to extend it with the avenue of trees. By the beginning of 18th century it became a fashionable avenue. Thanks to its size and proximity to some landmarks it was used to organize several historical military parades. Probably the most famous are parade on 14 June 1940 when the German troops celebrated the fall of France, and the subsequent march on 25 August 1944.
At present it’s one of the most well-known streets in the world for upscale shopping. Here you can find not only popular brands, but also luxury boutiques.
The Avenue des Champs-Elysees is still one of the central street in the city. An annual military parade takes place here on Bastille Day, and it’s headed by the President of the Republic. From late November to early January a special Christmas lighting is switched on here, forming a unique atmosphere. Besides, the last stage of famous Tour de France is traditionally held here. It is a true centre of social, political and entertainment life of capital of France.