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Palais de Chaillot

First day on my own


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After Napoleon's empire fell, his plans for a palace for his sons on Chaillot hill didn't go through. But it was later used for the original Trocadero palace which was build for the Universal Exhibition (1878).

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Located in the 16th arrondissement, the Palais de Chaillot has a spectacular viewing platform for the Eiffel Tower across the Seine.

In 1937, the Palais was replaced by the present Neo-Classical building with huge wings for another exhibition. There three museums located here which you can go to but I chose not to go. Even in the winter time there were an array of souvenir sellers with tacky souvenirs that you can find anywhere in the world. I strongly suggest taking a self pic shot of yourself and the Eiffel Tower like I did.

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I searched all over the internet for the gold/bronze statues that are located on both sides of the viewing platform. They are so beautiful and I wish I knew the exact history of the statues so if you know, please share. There were four statues on each side.

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When you walk below the viewing platform there are two giant bronze statues of Apollo and Hercules on each side of the front terrace.

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I was really impressed with how big this place was. It was the perfect viewing platform as well as being so magnificently decorated. I was also hoping to visit the Cimetière de Passy which is across the way from the Palais but it was closed for renovation. I particularly wanted to see the grave sites of: Claude Debussy, Gabriel Fauré, Comte Emanuel de las Cases (historian and friend of Napoleon!), Berthe Morisot and Henri Farman.

I hope to one day return to Paris and see it and maybe visit the Palais when it isn't so dreary out. Maybe a nice fall or spring day. Perhaps at night, the night shots I've seen from the viewing platform were jaw dropping. One day I know we'll go back for sure.

Posted by domokun 13:02 Archived in France Tagged tourist_sites

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