The 1937 Palais de Chaillot in Paris is a must do for its spectacular view of the Eiffel Tower. Walking across the gardens and the river to the Eiffel Tower is a classic. Palais de Chaillot also hosts first class architecture and maritime museums.
The Palais de Chaillot crowns the Chaillot hill facing the Tour Eiffel on the banks of the river in Paris. The spectacular view of the Eiffel Tower from Palais de Chaillot is rightly the most famous Paris view and a part of most Paris bus tours.
The walk from Palais de Chaillot to Eiffel Tower across the Trocadero gardens and the Iena Seine bridge is a scenic Paris walking tour. Details on Eiffel Tower walking tour.
Palais de Chaillot also hosts two world class museums.
Palais de Chaillot is worth a visit for its museums. Go with your children to the first class Maritime Museum, its great ship models spanning three centuries, or to Paris Aquarium (web site), located in Palais de Chaillot Gardens.
Architecture lovers enjoy the Cite de l'architecture, a rich museum devoted to France's monuments, allowing a journey through space and time. Web site. Nice affordable cafe with a view (Cafe Carlu). The Musee de l'Homme Anthropology Museum is also quite interesting. Web site.
Replacing a first controversial Trocadero Palace dating from 1878, the Palais de Chaillot was built in 1937 by architects Carlu, Boileau and Azema. It was one of the highlights of the 1937 Paris International Exhibition (picture). Two years before World War Two broke out, this World Exhibition, the last in Paris until today, was the dramatic stage of a prestige showdown between the USSR and Nazi Germany (picture).
The Palais de Chaillot and the Musee Art Moderne near-by are the main legacies of Paris 1937 international exhibition.
Palais de Chaillot became the first UN headquarters in 1946. It remained so until 1951, when the United Nations headquarters were transferred to New York City. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted in Palais de Chaillot by the UN General Assembly on December 10th 1948. PDF text. Eleanor Roosevelt chaired the declaration drafting committee. With her were Rene Cassin of France, Charles Malik of Lebanon, Peng Chung Chang of China and John Humphrey of Canada.
In Palais de Chaillot, the Maritime Museum, Musee de l'Homme and Cite de l'Architecture can be visited. The Cafe Carlu is open to all. Entrance by Cite de l'Architecture.
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