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Palais de Chaillot

The Trocadero Palace was built for Paris 1878 world exhibition and demolished in 1937 to make place for today's Palais de Chaillot. The Trocadero was from the start heavily critized and is one of the many Paris monuments gone with the time.

History of Trocadero

The 60m Chaillot Hill along the river in Paris is facing the Eiffel Tower. The project of Napoleon to build a Palais du Roi de Rome for his son never materialized. The Trocadero was built for Paris world exhibitions and named after the 1826 Trocadero battle in Spain to reestablish the monarchy.

Like the Eiffel Tower, the Trocadero was controversial and Parisians called it the crab. It was ultimately demolished and replaced in 1937 with today's Palais de Chaillot.

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Palais de Chaillot
Palais de Chaillot today

Trocadero, the monument

The Trocadero was designed by architect Gabriel Davioud. Its spectacular mauresque architecture housed the largest concert hall ever built. The internal decoration mobilized the best artists of the time. Large animal sculptures made for it have been transferred in front of Orsay Museum.

Old postcards of Trocadero

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The attractions of Palais de Chaillot

The Palais de Chaillot, which replaced the old Trocadero in 1937, hosts the Paris Maritime Museum 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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