🐾 moment #WIKIMEOW: Igers!! Today is #tongueouttuesday, and I decided to celebrate it in this square! Place Dauphine is a small triangular square beautifully set in the Île de la Cité. The Place Dauphine was laid out in 1609 under King Henri IV and with Place des Vosges, the square is one of the oldest laid out in Paris.
In any other city it might be surprising to find a secluded green area right in the middle of one of the busiest areas. But in Paris, with green space accounting for 25% of the city's area, it's what we've come to expect. On the western point of bustling Île de la Cité (home to Notre Dame Cathedral, La Sainte Chapelle, the Conciergerie, and the Palais de Justice) is leafy and relaxing Place Dauphine.
Surprisingly, Place Dauphine is never really crowded, probably because it's sort of tucked away from the main visitors' routes. Years ago, the whole space was shaded by a canopy of 24 mature chestnut trees.
Unfortunately, those trees were attacked by an insect-borne disease and had to be removed in 2009. A more resistant tree, the red chestnut, was planted in their place. Ten years later the new trees have grown enough to start to provide shade themselves.
During his reign from from 1589 to 1610, Henry IV applied himself to improving Paris and set about improving the muddy banks of the west end of Île de la Cité. The project had started earlier, under Henry III and Charles IX, who started by filling in this end of the island to create a base for a planned new bridge. But it was Henry IV who completed that bridge, Pont Neuf, at the same time as Place Dauphine was created, back in the heady days of urban development at the beginning of the 17th century, with the bridge completed in 1606 and the place in 1615.
The place was named for Henry IV's son, the future king Louis XVII, who at the time was the dauphin, or heir to the throne. 🐱🌳🐬🥖💚 #meowedtongueout #placedauphine #vivreparis #doitinparis #9gagcute #cats_of_instagram #happycaturday #petstagram #pinktongue #tonguefordays #catswithtonguesout