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Discover Paris in the spring, Caen in Normandy and its marvellous markets plus Yvoire, a picturesque village on the edge of Lake Geneva in Haute-Savoie. Explore Saint-Omer, a historic city in the far north that's full of secrets and treasures, and Evian, where Frankenstein's monster stayed! Head with us to Metz in Lorraine to find out about its incredible past, La Couvertoirade, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the UNESCO heritage of Avignon. Guides, gorgeous photos, what's new in France, the best tours and delicious recipes from the legendary Le Nôtre bakery in Paris - and more.

Discover Paris in the spring, Caen in Normandy and its marvellous markets plus Yvoire, a picturesque village on the edge of Lake Geneva in Haute-Savoie. Explore Saint-Omer, a historic city in the far north that's full of secrets and treasures, and Evian, where Frankenstein's monster stayed! Head with us to Metz in Lorraine to find out about its incredible past, La Couvertoirade, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the UNESCO heritage of Avignon. Guides, gorgeous photos, what's new in France, the best tours and delicious recipes from the legendary Le Nôtre bakery in Paris - and more.

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Lost Monuments

of Paris

Sue Aran explores the history of two of Paris’s lost palaces…

Paris is a city of contrasts – light and dark, old and new, past and present. Erased from the

memories of most Parisians, however, are two buildings: the Palais du Trocadéro and the Palais

Bardo. These ephemeral constructions of grandeur were richly imagined for the Paris World

Fairs Expositions Universelle. Paris hosted seven world fairs beginning in 1855 and ending in

1937. Visitors flocked from around the world and in 1900, Paris broke records with more than 50

million visitors and 83,000 exhibitors at that year’s Fair.

Palais du Trocadéro

The Palais du Trocadéro was built

for the Exposition Universelle of

1878 by architect Gabriel Davioud.

He was a colleague of Georges-

Eugène “Baron” Haussmann, the

urban planner who was responsible

for the spectacular renovation of

Paris during the reign of Napoléon

III in the mid-19th century. Davioud

designed most of the Parisian

street furniture we see today,

including the benches, lamp-posts,

signposts, fences, balustrades,

kiosks, pavilions, bandstands,

monuments and fountains, the

most recognizable of which is the landmark

fountain at Place Saint-Michel.

The Palais du Trocadéro was built on the hill

of Chaillot, across the Seine from the Eiffel

Tower in the 16th arrondissement. The Palais

was named in honour of the 1823 Battle

of Trocadéro in which the fortified Isla del

Trocadero in Spain was captured by French

forces under the leadership of the Duc

d’Angoulême, the son of Charles X. Davioud

conceived the elaborate palace as a pastiche

of Byzantine and Moorish architecture where

meetings of international organizations

could be held during the fair. There was a

large concert hall flanked by two 76-meter

(249-foot) towers. The hall contained a large

Palais de ChaillotPalais du Trocadero, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

organ built by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, the first

large organ to be installed in a concert hall

in France. It is still in use at the Auditorium

Maurice Ravel in Lyon. The building proved

unpopular, but the cost expended in its

construction delayed its replacement for

nearly 50 years, and the central building was

finally demolished in 1937.

It was replaced by the Palais de Chaillot

for the International Exhibition of Arts and

Techniques held in 1937. The wings of the

Palais du Trocadéro were reused for the

Chaillot building. It’s now home to four cultural

institutions: the City of Architecture and

Heritage, the National Maritime Museum, the

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