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Palais de Chaillot

The Palais du Trocadéro was built for Paris 1878 world exhibition and demolished in 1937 to make room for the Palais de Chaillot. The Trocadéro was heavily critized and is one of the many Paris monuments gone with the time. Paris monuments.

History of Palais du Trocadéro

The 60m Chaillot Hill along the Seine river is facing the Eiffel Tower. The project of Napoleon to build there a Palais du Roi de Rome for his son never materialized. The Palais du Trocadéro was built for Paris 1878 world exhibition and named after the 1823 Trocadéro battle in Spain, when the fortified Isla del Trocadéro was captured by French forces led by the Duc d'Angoulême, son of the future King of France, Charles X. After the battle, the autocratic Spanish Bourbon Ferdinand VII was restored to the throne of Spain.

Palais de Chaillot
Palais de Chaillot today

Palais du Trocadéro, the monument

The Trocadéro was designed by architects Gabriel Davioud and Jules Bourdais. Its mauresque architecture housed the largest concert hall ever built with 4,600 seats. The internal decoration mobilized the best artists of the time. Large animal sculptures made for it have been transferred in front of Orsay Museum. Like the Eiffel Tower, the Trocadéro was very controversial. Parisians called it the crab. It was ultimately demolished and replaced in 1937 with the Palais de Chaillot.

Old postcards of Trocadéro

The attractions of Palais de Chaillot

The Palais de Chaillot, which replaced the old Trocadéro in 1937, hosts the Paris Maritime Museum, the Cite de l'architecture, a museum devoted to France's monuments, the Musée de l'Homme and the 1200 seats Theatre National de Chaillot. Web site.

As TNP, it was a flagship of Paris culture after world war II under the leadership of Jean Vilar, with actors such as Gerard Philippe and Maria Casares.

Cafe Carlu with Eiffel Tower view in left wing.

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