Palais de Chaillot
1 Place du Trocadéro, Paris, France
Palais de Chaillot Paris Reviews
Trocadéro Fountains Oct 08, 2010
The Palais de Chaillot located in the 16th Arrondissement, across from the Eiffel Tower is home to several well-known Parisian cultural structures: the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, the Musée de l’Homme, the Musée de la Marine and the Théatre National de Chaillot. However, I was at the Palais de Chaillot this time to see the eight bronze statues that decorate the central square, as well as the Trocadéro Fountains that are located in the front. The fountains all operate in sequence (that is quite mesmerizing), ending in the enormous water cannon in the center that appears to be firing toward the Eiffel Tower. I would highly recommend a visit to the Palais de Chaillot.
Palais de Chaillot
1 Place du Trocadéro
75016 Paris, France
Open: Wednesday – Monday: 9:45 am to 5:15 pm
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Place des Droits de l’homme Oct 07, 2006
We are now at the top, and in the middle of the Place des Droits de l’homme (Human Rights Square), a square that is alive. The views from here over the Eiffel Tower are fantastic, and the photo opportunities are endless. The Palais the Chaillot embraces the square with its two wings on either side, leaving one side open, creating the wonderful views from this high platform, on the Trocadero fountain below, towards the Eiffeltower and even further away the Champ des Mars.
The square is crowded with people, and that attracts of course your obvious annoying street sellers, trying to sell you the most crazy kitsch pieces of souvenirs. The crazy souvenirs brought a smile to my face, but my eyes were quickly distracted by these bronze statues that align the square on either side.
The terrace is lined with eight Statues in gilded bronze representing a man and seven women. Several sculptors have produced these works: La Jeunesse by Alexandre Descatoire, Flore by Marcel Gimond, Le Matin by Jean de Paris (or Pryas), Campaign by Paul Cornet, Birds by Lucien Brasseur, Jardins by Robert Couturier, Paul Niclausse, the Fruits of Felix Desruelles. This statues dates from the Universal Exhibition held in Paris in 1937 and for which Chaillot was built. They make the perfect foreground and contrast when trying to capture a photo of the Eiffel Tower.
In the first photo you can see the statue "Flore" by Marcel Gimond. This was the easiest of the statues to catch in a photo together with the Eiffel Tower. However this does include a bit of a balancing act to be able to get the correct angle.
In the second photo you can see the statue "La Jeunesse" by Alexandre Descatoire, depicting Youth, and the woman has two birds in her hands.
Address: Place du Trocadero; Directions: Metro stop: Trocadéro; In the 16th arrondissement; Across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower; Climb the stairs of the Palais the Chaillot to get here
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