Place du Trocadero

Place du Trocadero (HM1LUR)

Location: Paris, Île-de-France 75116 Paris
Country: France
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N 48° 51.738', E 2° 17.247'

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Il y a 200 ans, la colline de Chaillot n'était qu'un désert escarpé, hérissé de rochers, et percé de carrières. Napoléon, frappé par la beauté du site, décide d'y bâtir un palais pour son fils, "un kremlin cent fois plus beau que celui de Moscou". Les plans sont commandés dès 1810 à Percier et Fontaine, qui dessinent un projet grandiose, embrassant le coteau sur 400 m. On nivelle, on exproprie, on jette en 1813 le pont d'léna sur la Seine. La chute de l'Empire entraîne l'arrêt de travaux. Un nouveau projet naît sous la Restauration, pour célébrer la prise d'une redoute en Espagne par le duc d'Angoulême; il n'en reste que le nom: Trocadéro. A l'occasion de l'Exposition de 1878, Davioud construit le premier palais de Trocadéro très controversé, une rotonde entourée de 4 tours romano-mauresques. Sa destruction est décidée lors de l'Exposition de 1937. Il est remplacé par l'actuel palaise de Chaillot, œuvre de Carlu, Boileau et Azéma, parfaitement adaptée au site. La sobriété des façades est rehaussée par les sentences de Paul Valéry gravées en lettres d'or.
English translation:
For 200 years, the Chaillot hills were a craggy wasteland, bristling with rocks and open quarry pits. Napoleon, struck by the beauty of the site, decided to build a palace for his son, "a Kremlin one hundred times more beautiful than the one in Moscow". The plans were ordered in 1810 and the grandiose project was drawn by Percier and Fontaine, embracing the hillside. In 1813, 400 meters of land were leveled and the the Pont d'lena (Jena Bridge) over the Seine was incorporated into the project. The fall of the Empire ended the effort until, during the Restoration, a new project was begun to celebrate the Duke of Angoulême capturing the fortified Isla del Trocadero in Spain (1823). During the 1878 Exhibition, Gabriel Davioud built the first Palace of Trocadéro, an unpopular design, that included a rotunda surrounded by four Romanesque-Moorish towers. It was demolished prior to the 1937 exhibition and replaced by the current Palais de Chaillot, designed by Jacques Carlu, Louis-Hippolyte Boileau and Léon Azéma, which is perfectly suited to the site. The sobriety of the façade is enhanced by quotes from Paul Valéry engraved in gold letters.
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Date Added Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 at 2:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)31U E 447738 N 5412393
Decimal Degrees48.86230000, 2.28745000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 48° 51.738', E 2° 17.247'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds48° 51' 44.28" N, 2° 17' 14.82" E
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Area Code(s)214, 972, 817
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 17 Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, Paris Île-de-France 75116, FR
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