Chaillot Palace and Trocadero Gardens

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Created during the 1937 International Exhibition, the Chaillot Palace replaced the old Palais du Trocadéro and now tops the hill of Chaillot. It was designed in classicizing "moderne" style by architects Louis-Hippolyte Boileau, Jacques Carlu and Léon Azéma.

It is in the Chaillot Palace that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948. It was also the initial headquarters of NATO.

The Chaillot Palace features two wings shaped to form a wide arc. They are independent buildings separated by a wide esplanade that leaves an open view from the place du Trocadéro to the Eiffel Tower and beyond. The Trocadéro Gardens occupy the open space bounded to the northwest by the wings of the Palais de Chaillot and to the southeast by the Seine and the Pont d'Iéna. 

The place was named in honour of the Battle of Trocadero, in which the fortified Isla del Trocadero, in southern Spain, was captured by French forces led by the Duc d'Angoulême, son of the future king, Charles X, on August 31, 1823.

Source : Wikipedia contributors, "Trocadéro"

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  • The City of Architecture and Heritage - Its Museum of French Monuments ("Musée des Monuments Français") is located in the Chaillot Palace and has a stunning collection of molds, paintings, models or even walk-in replicas of major works of French Heritage. Open from monday to sunday, 11am-7pm (night opening on tuesdays until 9pm). Full price : 8 euros.
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