The many monuments of Paris testify the historical significance of the city. Most of them are located right in the heart of Paris while some are based around its prominent municipal arrondissements. Visiting them is indeed one of the best ways to acquaint with the artistic and historical traditions of Paris. One such monument definitely worthy of a visit in Paris is the Palais de Chaillot.
It is located in Trocadero in the 16th arrondissement of Paris and visiting this popular attraction during Paris private tours offer an insight into the life of a past era. The Palais de Chaillot offers a breathtaking view of the Eiffel Tower, which is yet another noteworthy landmark in Paris. Besides, this monument has a lavish garden, several museums, and an aquarium.
A Short History
The current location of this monument known as the Hill of Challiot was initially prepared in 1897 for conducting the world fair. With slight influences of Byzantine architecture and Moorish styles, the prominent architect Gabriel Davioud designed this remarkable building. The monument houses the first large organ in France, created by the reputed organ builder Aristide Cavaille-Coll.
However, in 1937, this old palace was demolished for the Exposition Internationale, which led to the development of the modern Palais de Challiot. This new structure borrowed elements from both classic and modern architecture. Some elements of the old building were kept intact along the addition of new ones.
Collection of Museums
The Palais de Challiot is notable for its various museums located in different areas of its structure. The Musee de la Marine, a naval museum and the Musee de l’Homme also known as the Museum of Man are two of the prominent ones located in the south wing of the monument. Known for their collection of artifacts from ancient times, these museums features maritime navigation and the development of humanity.
Another important museum in the monument is the Cite’ de l’ architecture et du Patrimoine that focus on architecture from the middle ages to the current times. In addition, another remarkable attraction is an aquarium known as the Cineaqua with 43 tanks teeming with various aquatic life forms.
The Jardins du Trocadero
At the foot of the Palais de Chaillot is the lavish 24-acre garden known as Jardins du Trocadero. Lined with many trees, walkways, and bridges, this garden is perfect for taking a break and enjoying the spectacular view of the Eiffel Tower in the background. In the middle of the garden is a rectangular pond with a fountain at one end lined in symmetry with the garden landscape.