IN PICTURES: How seven famous Paris landmarks will look by the end of this year

This is the new face of Paris - and the city's new, pedestrian and cyclist friendly revamp of seven of its most iconic spots will be finished by the end of 2019, city hall has announced.

IN PICTURES: How seven famous Paris landmarks will look by the end of this year
The Place du Panthéon has been used as the model for bike and pedestrian friendly spaces. Photo: Mairie de Paris

Paris is currently getting a revamp of seven of its most well-known locations.

And now the Paris mayor's office has unveiled photos of how the iconic squares will look – and when they will be finished.

The revamp of the seven squares is part of mayor Anne Hidalgo's project to hand Paris back to cyclists and pedestrians – and each area will contain new pedestrian zones and areas for cyclists.

The aim of the  project is to give more space to pedestrians and cyclists on the seven famous squares or places which are currently monopolized by cars.

The squares currently being remodelled are: Place de la Madeleine, Place de la Bastille, Place d'Italie,  Place de la Nation, Place Gambetta, la Place des Fetes, while works have already finished on Place du Pantheon.

“Pedestrians and cyclists will gain 50 percent more space on average,” Christophe Najdovski, deputy head of highways, previously explained to the Journal du Dimanche newspaper.

He added that the goal was to make the squares “places of life, agreeable and re-balanced”, rather than simply “places of movement”.

And the mayor's office says all works will be finished by the end of 2019.

The Place de la Madeleine, were works are set to be finished in August. Images: Mairie de Paris


The Place de la Bastille, where works will finish in November, according to City Hall.


The Place d'Italie, where works on the central garden will finish in December.


The Place de la Nation, where works will finish in July.


The Place Gambetta, where works will be finished in August.


Place des Fetes, where works will finish in October.


And Place du Panthéon, where works finished in October 2018, and which has been used as a model for the other schemes.


Member comments

  1. Excellent improvements!
    Now all we need are a million more ashtrays … and teaching a certain demographic (smokers) how to use them instead of treating Paris as their personal ashtray?

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