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Place Jacques Chirac

This park conveys a profound political statement in protest and memorial of the nuclear tests carried out over a period of 30 years in French Polynesia.

Overlooking Papeete harbor is the picturesque park, Place du 2 Juillet (2nd of July Square), a lush green space known for its sculptures, vegetation and political symbolism. The date in the park’s name commemorates the first nuclear tests carried out in the South Pacific and the park acts as a protest against French Polynesia’s nuclear activity. See carvings that pay tribute to Tahiti’s turbulent past and victims of nuclear catastrophes worldwide. Attend official memorial services and enjoy a clear vista of the bay.

See the traditional totems by local artist Eriki Marchand that serve to remind visitors of the nuclear strikes as well as Maohi spirituality. Learn about French Polynesia’s history of nuclear testing. The French conducted 193 nuclear tests between 1966 and 1996.

Look at the five stones in the center of the park that represent the five archipelagos of French Polynesia. Read the plaque in English, French and Tahitian that pays tribute to those who lost their lives in other nuclear disasters worldwide, including Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Admire the carved mahogany totems near the central memorial.

Attend the official commemoration, known as “The Strange Cloud,” on July 2 every year. Residents and visitors to the city congregate to pay homage to the victims of nuclear war.  The park is a popular meeting point in the city and has a two-story underground parking lot.

The park was formerly known as Parc Jacques Chirac, after the president of France from 1995 to 2007. Chirac was a close ally with former Tahitian leader, Gaston Flosse.

You will find Place du 2 Juillet 1966 in the heart of Papeete on the western coast of Tahiti. It is nestled between Parc Bougainville and the Paofai Gardens. The park is a 0.6-mile (1-kilometer) walk south from the Maritime Station where the ferries dock. Visit other attractions nearby, including the Cathédrale de l’Immaculée Conception and the Black Pearl Museum.


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Lodging Near Place Jacques Chirac

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Hotel Tahiti Nui

Hotel Tahiti Nui

Ave Prince Hinoi, Papeete
3.7
of 5, from 135 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Papeete, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Papeete Town Hall, Papeete Market, and Cathedrale de L'lmmaculee Conception. Black Pearl Museum and Parc Bougainville are also within 15 minutes.

$111
Hotel Sarah Nui

Hotel Sarah Nui

BP 4354 Fare Tony, Papeete
3.3
of 5, from 150 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the business district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Papeete Town Hall, Papeete Market, and Black Pearl Museum. Cathedrale de L'lmmaculee Conception and Parc Bougainville are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$119
Tahiti Airport Motel

Tahiti Airport Motel

Cite De L' Air, Faaa
3.4
of 5, from 334 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located near the airport, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Place Jacques Chirac, Papeete Market, and Parc Bougainville. Black Pearl Museum and Cathedrale de L'lmmaculee Conception are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$87
Hotel Tiare Tahiti

Hotel Tiare Tahiti

417 Boulevard Pomare, Papeete
3.1
of 5, from 19 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Papeete, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Parc Bougainville, Place Jacques Chirac, and Black Pearl Museum. Cathedrale de L'lmmaculee Conception and Papeete Market are also within 5 minutes.

$62
Mahana Lodge Hostel & Backpacker

Mahana Lodge Hostel & Backpacker

BP 44983, Papeete
5.0
of 5, from 2 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Papeete, this hostel is steps from Papeete Town Hall and Papeete Market. Black Pearl Museum and Cathedrale de L'lmmaculee Conception are also within 5 minutes.

$133
Chez Vous à Papeete

Chez Vous à Papeete

Rue Cook, Residence Cook, Papeete
5.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Papeete, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Place Jacques Chirac, Parc Bougainville, and Black Pearl Museum. Papeete Market is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) away.

Fare Arearea Sweet Studio

Fare Arearea Sweet Studio

10 Avenue du Regent Paraita, Papeete
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Papeete, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Papeete Town Hall, Papeete Market, and Black Pearl Museum. Cathedrale de L'lmmaculee Conception and Parc Bougainville are also within 1 mi (2 km).