Place de la Bourse is a magnificent example of French architecture and is said to have inspired a lot of the architecture of central Paris (also constructed by Jacques Gabriel). Just over the road from Place de la Bourse next to the river is the Miroir d’Eau (mirror of water) a large shallow pool of water great for cooling off your feet in the summer heat.
The place was first called Place Royale, then Place de la Liberty during the revolution, and later Place Imperiale under Napoleon. After the downfall of Louis-Philippe 1, it became Place de la Bourse. The square was one of the first major monuments to be built outside of the medieval city walls. The same typical mascarons statues can be found on the facade like many other city monuments of the era.
The square has contained statues of the King of France then Napoleon to later be replaced after the revolution by the Fountain of the Three Graces in 1869.