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Paris has always been a city of exhibitions. The Eiffel Tower is a prime witness of this, having been built in 1889 to last only for the duration of the World Exhibition! Today, the tradition continues, and Paris is a hub for international shows.
The Eiffel Tower was built for the World Exhibition of 1889. It crystallised French engineering know-how and metallurgic techniques. The French Revolution was to be commemorated by a giant symbol that would incarnate an entire culture reaching out to the rest of the world. The tower, 318 metres in height, would remain the tallest monument in the world until 1930 (Chrysler Building, 319 m, New York.)
The tower was hated by Parisians and owes its survival to the advent of the radio: Eiffel added radio transmitters to it. It’s worth going up the tower to enjoy the most beautiful view of Paris, and to have an evening meal at Alain Ducasse’s prestigious Jules Vernes restaurant.
The area nearby abounds in riches. The baroque Alexandre III Bridge will bring you to the Grand Palais, with its beautiful glass roof.
Not far away, the gold dome of the Invalides protects Napoleon’s tomb, made of red porphyry. And, while striding along the boulevards towards the south, still following the Seine, you’ll pass through the Beaugrenelle neighbourhood and its 100-metre-high towers from the 1970s, some of which contain the most sought-after apartments in the Capital.
After a superb meal at Cyril Lignac’s Quinzième restaurant, the André-Citroën Park will greet you with its hot-air balloon and its themed gardens, each symbolising a colour, a day, a chemical element, a planet, a relation with water and a direction. After that, you can take the famous Tramway des Maréchaux, which will bring you to the Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre. In 1923 it was already host to the Paris Fair!
With its 228,000 square metres of space, it is host to 200 internationally recognised shows every year. Among them, the Paris Auto Show, the Book Fair, the Photo Show, the Chocolate Show, the Agricultural Fair, the International Two-Wheel Show and the Salon Nautique de Paris are much-awaited events. Being well served by the ring road, the tramway, the bus or the metro, this site will invite you to come take a stroll.
Because here, the Parisian spirit of strolling was voluntarily cultivated: Paris is all about looking off into the distance!
- The Eiffel Tower
- Les Invalides
- The Palais Chaillot
- The Tokyo Imperial Palace
- The Museum of Contemporary Art
- The Beaugrenelle Neighbourhood
- Maison de la Radio
- The André-Citroën Park
- Miniature Replica of the Statue of Liberty
- Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre