La place des Pyramides est une place qui coupe la rue de Rivoli, dans le 1er arrondissement de Paris. Elle se trouve à la hauteur du jardin des Tuileries, et au bout de la rue des Pyramides, d'où son nom (cette rue ayant été nommée ainsi pour commémorer la campagne d’Égypte menée menée par le général Bonaparte en 1798).
La place des Pyramides a reçu son nom actuel par l’arrrêté du 5 janvier 1932, c’était auparavant la place de Rivoli. L’ancien et le nouveau nom sont dus à la proximité de la rue de Rivoli et de la rue des Pyramides.
Joan of Arc (French: Jeanne d'Arc, IPA: [ʒan daʁk]; ca. 1412 – 30 May 1431), nicknamed "The Maid of Orléans" (French: La Pucelle d'Orléans), is a folk heroine of France and a Roman Catholic saint. She was born a peasant girl in what is now eastern France. Claiming divine guidance, she led the French army to several important victories during the Hundred Years' War, which paved the way for the coronation of Charles VII of France. She was captured by the Burgundians, transferred to the English in exchange for money, put on trial by the pro-English Bishop of Beauvais Pierre Cauchon for charges of "insubordination and heterodoxy", and was burned at the stake for heresy when she was 19 years old.
Twenty-five years after her execution, an inquisitorial court authorized by Pope Callixtus III examined the trial, pronounced her innocent, and declared her a martyr. Joan of Arc was beatified in 1909 and canonized in 1920. She is – along with St. Denis, St. Martin of Tours, St. Louis IX, and St. Theresa of Lisieux – one of the patron saints of France. Joan said she had received visions from God instructing her to support Charles VII and recover France from English domination late in the Hundred Years' War. The uncrowned King Charles VII sent her to the siege of Orléans as part of a relief mission. She gained prominence when she overcame the dismissive attitude of veteran commanders and lifted the siege in only nine days. Several additional swift victories led to Charles VII's coronation at Reims.