The elevated “Troca” has a privileged viewpoint of the Eiffel Tower on the opposite bank of the Seine. Between the curved wings of the vast Palais de Chaillot – emblem of the 1930s – are gently sloping terraces and gardens, bordered by century-old Caucasian wingnut and hazel trees, and dotted with gilded bronze statues. Skaters and rollerbladers weave alongside the fountains beneath the gaze of Apollo and Hercules, sculpted on the pediment of the pavilions.
Palais de Tokyo – Site de Création Contemporaine
In 1934, while it occupied part of the ancient Savonnerie carpet factory, the state set about creating a national museum of modern art. On 24 May 1937, the Palais des Musées d’Art Moderne was opened. It has been modified numerous times, notably with the attribution of cultural sites within the Palais de Tokyo. In 1999 Catherine Trautmann, minister of culture and communication, decided to open the West Wing of the building to inaugurate the centre for contemporary art. Today, it is a cultural centre that takes an interest in the up-and-coming interdisciplinary and contemporary scene in various forms.
Musée du Louvre
The Louvre Museum is the world’s largest museum and historic monument in Paris. Approximately 38,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century are exhibited over an area of 72,735 square metres. The museum opened on 10 Auguest 1793 with an exhibition of 537 paintings.
The Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris. It is the most visited monument in the world. The tower is 324 metres tall, about the same height as an 81-storey building, and the tallest structure in Paris. The tower has three levels for visitors, with restaurants on the first and second levels.
The design of the Eiffel Tower was the product of Maurice Koechlin and Emile Nouguier, two senior engineers working for the Compagnie des Etablissements Eiffel, after discussion about a suitable centerpiece for the proposed 1889 Exposition Universelle, a world’s fair to celebrate the centennial of the French Revolution. Eiffel openly acknowledged that inspiration for a tower cam from the Latting Observatory built in New York City in 1853.
NEARBY CONGRESS VENUE
Parc de la Villette
Between the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie (to the north, near the Porte de la Villette) and the Cité de la Musique (to the south, near the Porte de Pantin), the Parc de la Villette extends over 35 hectares. Designed by Bernard Tschumi to resemble a city with its streets, monuments and squares, it plays host to various cultural facilities. Shows and events appear back to back throughout the year, making the park a unique and lively performance venue. Fun workshops in the park give young people a chance to learn about video techniques or visual arts. The Maison de la Villette welcomes all those who are curious about the history of north-east Paris.
In the middle of the park, the Grande Halle is masterpiece of steel architecture from the 19th century. Extending over more than two hectares, the former slaughterhouse can now hold up to 15,000 people. Refurbished and covered in glass, it has staging and display facilities for a wide range of events: trade shows, festivals, exhibitions, performances etc.
Cité de la Musique
Designed by the architect Christian de Portzamparc, the Cité de la Musique, opened in 1995, is a lively arts venue which is surrounded by the greenery of the Park de la Villette.
This innovative project to promote musical culture is a national and international hub dedicated entirely to music, with around 250 concerts a year for adults and young people, the Musée de la musique with its rare collections, a Media Library with around 100,000 documents, and rich and varied educational provisions.
The Cité de la Musique is a forum which is perfectly integrated into a rich cultural space, its promising future marked by the opening of the Paris Philharmonic in January 2015.
Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris
Both musical and functional, the architecture of Christian de Portzamparc invites the 1200 or so pupils of the Conservatoire to make the best use of its resources: three public rooms for their first performances, 170 practice rooms and studios, a rich media library of around 100,000 documents for lending or consultation, powerful audiovisual equipment, a restaurant, accommodation, a gymnasium and more.
The Zenith came from a simple concept, like all good ideas: to design a room specifically suited to this type of music. It was brought to life by two architects, Philippe Chaix and Jean-Paul Morel, who worked with performance professionals to come up with the concept of the Zenith.
Through its extremely diverse programme of events, the Wild Cabaret hosts artists from the four corners of the world for concerts, evening events, cabaret shows, balls, circus events, etc. with around 10,000 visitors on over 150 days per year.
Le Grand Musée du Parfum
This museum opened in December 2016 and is installed in 73 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, in mansion of 1.400 m2 decorated with a big garden, which previously sheltered the Christian Lacroix fashion house.
Financed by private funds, the museum benefits from the support of the « Syndicat français de la parfumerie » which gathers 66 French houses of flavor.
The museum leans on the last technologies and redraws in the three big stages the story of the flavors since Egypt of the Pharaohs until our days, inviting to discover a unique olfactive collection constituted by more than 60 smells to be felt.