National Geographic : 1921 Jul
Photograph by U.S.Army Air Service THE PACE DE LA CONCORDE AND THE MADELEINE : PARIS The obelisk which rises in the center of the Place de la Concorde resembles the "Cleopatra's Needle," which stands inCentral Park, New York. Around the edges of this great square are statuary groups representing eight principal cities of France. The Strasbourg group wore mourning for nearly 50 years, but is now decked with wreaths to celebrate the restoration of Alsace. Facing thesquare tothe left isthe Hotel Crillon, where the American delegates to the Peace Conference were quartered. The famous Madeleine, or Church ofSt. Mary Magdalene, with its Corinthian colonnade, stands out clearly in the picture, while the dome of the Opera may be seen at the upper right.The famous restaurant, Maxim's, ison the left of the street leading from the Place de la Concorde to the Madeleine.