The place de la Concorde is a worldwide famous place in Paris, surrounded by the Champs Elysees, the Tuileries gardens (and the Louvre museum), the national assembly and the Madeleine Church. This was also the place where King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette were executed in 1793. After the revolution, Napoleon, Louis XVIII and Charles X tried to give another meaning to the place by launching several projects, but none of them could be finalized in time. It was finally king Louis-Philippe who decided to build two fountains, one in honor of the sea trade, and another one in honor of the rivers trade. You could see however these fountains as a reference to the Louxor’s obelisque which has been transfered from Egypt to Paris as a gift in 1831.