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Cite de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine

Paris is a city that is renowned for its architecture and its museums and it was only a matter of time before a museum would be created dedicated to the architecture of this fantastic city itself.

The Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine is the largest centre of architecture of its kind in the world, which is housed in the Palais de Chaillot, and although it is not an altogether new concept within France, it has taken over twenty years in the making with the amalgamation of numerous institutions to come up with the end result of this museum.

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Jean-François Bodin took on the unenviable task to of the renovation and the architectural conservation and in order to accomplish the difficult task of displaying the history of French architecture within the museum, the curators employed a philosophy of incorporating traditional displays of architectural drawings, models, and paintings, as well as life-size fragments and reproductions of buildings in different areas, but all of these are shown within the same building.

The Cite de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine is situated in the Trocadéro area of Paris and just outside the tall windows of this reasonably new museum stands one of France's most famous monuments, the Eiffel Tower which is fully on view across the river and on a hill overlooking the curve of the river seine it also provides gorgeous views of Paris.

The Musée des Monuments was the place that donated many of these works with the most significant ones coming from the great fragments of medieval churches, but there were also some enormous pieces that were commissioned for the museum, including a full-scale reproduction of one of the apartments from Marseille's Unité d'Habitation residential complex, which was designed by the architect, Le Corbusier. 

This is an unusual place that can capture the interests of both the public and design professionals with the permanent and temporary exhibits along with the educational facilities that are available, and a restoration school which is called the Ecole de Chaillot.

You may wonder why you should choose to look at copies of different sculptures and architecture, but in reality, this is a great way of getting up close to a duplicate of the real thing to study its detail that you may only be able see details of with a zoom camera lens, which will be far harder to define.  Another reason is because a lot of the copies were produced back in the 19th and 20th centuries and in some instances the originals do not even exist any more.   

However, if you are still not convinced, then by all means, travel from one part of France to another and get to see the real thing which would be a fantastic experience, but for a lot of people, this would be a life-times dream, and this museum offers a person the chance to see depictions of saints, angels, etc that they would never get to see for real in their lives.

The exhibits are displayed with background information through photos, maps and short descriptions as well as informative and interactive videos, which show, for example, what a statue might have looked like when painted in its original gaudy colours.  These descriptions can also be heard and read in not just French but also English, although other translations are very limited.  And by prior appointment you can even get to view the city's archives for those of you who really want to know more.

It is a great credit to the architects, designers and the inspiration of everyone involved that has come up with a museum that is such a highly successful venture making the old and new architecture of Paris accessible and interesting to the public, plus there is also a bookshop on site as well.

The Cite de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine is open from 11am through 7pm every day of the week except on a Tuesday and on national holidays.  For appointments to attend the library that are prior arranged, these are held on a Wednesday and Thursday between the hours of 9am until 1pm or 2.30pm until 5.30pm.


Address & Contact Details:

Cite de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine
Palais de Chaillot
7 avenue Albert de Mun
75016
Paris

Telephone: 1 58 51 52 00

Main Entrance (pavillon de tête):
1 Place du Trocadéro
75116
Paris
France


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