Place des Ternes got its name and present layout by the end of the 19th century. Most charts of Paris from previous centuries don’t include or show this area, as it for long was “countryside”. Below, we can see on the chart from 1790 that the district looked quite different from now. Things were changed by the Haussmannian modifications during the 19th century and the Place and the different avenues and streets leading to it looked in 1894 quite similar to today. The Place is crossed by Avenue de Wagram and makes the junction with Avenues des Ternes, Boulevard de Courcelles and Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré.
The origin of the word Ternes is uncertain, but could have its origin in a “Villa Externa”, a medieval farm situated here and “externa” has later become “estern”, “ternes”.
The Place is known for its flower shops. There is a metro station (with its Guimard entrance), line 2, and also a “kiosque” where you can buy theatre and concert tickets - basically unsold ones for “today’s” performances and often at half price -, a newsstand and on a corner you find the well-known Brasserie La Lorraine.