The largest pedestrian square in all of Europe, the vast Place Bellecour is often the site of rallies, demonstrations, concerts, and in the winter, an ice skating rink and a gargantuan Ferris wheel. Once upon a time, the site was an alluvial island, and the Roman military set up camp and market there. The swampy area slowly became a pasture, and in 1604, Henry IV forced Lyon's city council to acquire it for a public square – a court trial ensued, and the square didn't take shape until 1708, when Louis the XIV took ownership of it. He named it Place Louis-le-Grand and a bronze statue of him was placed in the middle. Half a century later, the French Revolution destroyed the royal statue and replaced it with an altar dedicated to liberty, as well as a guillotine. It was renamed Place Bonaparte, and later Place Napoleon. In 1825, however, a new statue of Louis XIV was reinstated in the plaza, which still remains.