If you are strolling Montorgueil or the Halles neigbourhoods, do a detour to the Place des Victoires, nice square sit astride the 1st and 2d arrondissements of Paris.
Built in 1686, it is less known than the Place Vendôme or the Place des Vosges because, although it was also a Royal Place, it is less imposing and majestic. You will nevertheless find there buildings typical of architecture of the 17th century (called Louis XIV style) and a circular design which was an absolute innovation at the time of the building.
At the center, the statue represents King Louis XIV to whom the place has been built for to celebrate his militaries victories. It has been thereafter destroyed during the French revolution (and melted to make …cannons!) then put up again at the middle of the 19th century.
Every mansions surrounding the Place are today historic monuments.
After visiting place des Victoires, you can discover the Covered Passages of Paris.