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Palais du Trocadéro. Facts. History

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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 high Chaillot Hill along the Seine river is facing the Eiffel Tower. The project of Napoléon 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 Musée d'Orsay. Like the Eiffel Tower, the Trocadéro was very controversial. Parisians called it the crab. It was ultimately demolished and replaced in 1937 by the Palais de Chaillot.

The name Trocadéro was kept for Place du Trocadéro, the address of Palais de Chaillot. Parisians also regularly use the wording Trocadéro.

Old postcards of Trocadéro

The old Trocadéro
The old 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 Théatre 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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Hotel near Place du Trocadéro

Hotel Etoile Trocadéro is in the 16th arondissement, within walking distance of the Champs Elysées and Place du Trocadéro. It offers air-conditioned rooms with satellite TV and private bathroom. Each room at the Etoile Trocadero also features a minibar, a hairdryer and dry-cleaning service is available. A continental breakfast is provided every morning and can be served in the guest rooms. Guests arriving late can benefit from 24-hour reception and they can also leave their bags during the day. Daily newspapers are provided, along with Wi-Fi access.

21, rue Saint Didier
Paris 75016 France
Hotel Etoile Trocadéro
Hotel Etoile Trocadéro

Restaurant Place du Trocadéro

With a unique and breathtaking view of the Eiffel Tower, Les Îlots de Chaillot showcases an inventive and affordable cuisine in the heart of Palais de Chaillot. The Art Deco restaurant room is gorgious and quiet.

Proposed by Véronique Dossetto, an actress with an atypical career, and Olivier Dufour, an esthete and humanist cook, promoted Toque Française, their cuisine offers a choice of fresh products from organic farming. A hidden treasure.

1, place du Trocadéro
Paris 75016 France
Restaurant place du Trocadéro
Restaurant Place du Trocadéro
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