Palais de Chaillot

Visit Palais de Chaillot in Paris

The 1937 Palais de Chaillot, also named Trocadero, crowns the Chaillot hill facing the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

The view on the Eiffel Tower from Palais de Chaillot is rightly famous. Palais de Chaillot hosts two world class museums. The walk from Palais de Chaillot to Eiffel Tower across the River is a great Paris walking tour.

Palais de Chaillot
Palais de Chaillot

Paris Maritime Museum at Palais de Chaillot

Museums in Palais de Chaillot

Palais de Chaillot is worth a visit for its museums.

Go with your children to the Maritime Museum, its great ship models spanning three centuries, or to Paris Aquarium, located in Palais de Chaillot Gardens.

Architecture lovers will enjoy the Architecture Museum (Cite de l'architecture) devoted to the monuments of France. Nice affordable cafe with a view (Cafe Carlu).

Germany, USSR pavilions, 1937 exhibition, from Palais de Chaillot
Germany, USSR pavilions, 1937 exhibition, from Palais de Chaillot

History of Palais de Chaillot

The French government commissioned Palais de Chaillot for the 1937 Paris International Exhibition.

This World Exhibition, the last in Paris, saw the spectacular confrontation of the USSR and Nazi Germany, two years before World War One.

Palais de Chaillot and Paris Modern Art Museum are the main legacies of Paris 1937 exhibition.

Palais de Chaillot and United Nations

In 1946, Palais de Chaillot became the first UN headquarters and remained so until 1951. As a consequence, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted in Palais de Chaillot by the UN General Assembly on December 10th 1948.

Eleanor Roosevelt, widow of American President Franklin D. Roosevelt, chaired the declaration drafting committee. With her were Rene Cassin of France, who composed the first draft, the Committee Rapporteur Charles Malik of Lebanon, Vice-Chairman Peng Chung Chang of China, and John Humphrey of Canada.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Palais de Chaillot
Declaration of Human Rights in Palais de Chaillot
Cite de l'architecture in Palais de Chaillot
Cite de l'architecture in Palais de Chaillot

Information on Palais de Chaillot

Palais de Chaillot
1, place du Trocadero Paris 75116

Paris metro: Trocadero station on line 6 and 9
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Eiffel Tower seen from Palais de Chaillot
Eiffel Tower seen from Palais de Chaillot

Paris Aquarium at Palais de Chaillot
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