Monday, April 23, 2012

T = Trocadéro, Paris - A to Z Challenge

 On the hill of Chaillot. . .

Place du Trocadéro view from the Eiffel Tower, by DG Hudson

Trocadéro = an emporium or place of trade

Place du Trocadéro, Paris

The Trocadéro, site of the Palais de Chaillot, is an area of Paris, France, in the 16th arrondissement, across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower.  The hill of the Trocadéro is the hill of Chaillot, a former village.

For the 1878 World's Fair, the old Palais du Trocadéro was built.  This was a site for meetings of international trade organizations during the fair.  In the old palace garden, two large animal statues, a rhinoceros and an elephant, were removed and stored during the demolition of the old Trocadero palace.  They were re-located to the  Musée d'Orsay in 1986.  In my Q post for the A to Z Challenge, you can see the rhinoceros near the MO sign. 


The Trocadero and beyond

The Trocadero with La Defense on Horizon, by DG Hudson

For the Exposition Internationale of 1937, the old Palais du Trocadéro was demolished and replaced by the Palais de Chaillot which now tops the hill.  Like the old palace, the Palais de Chaillot features two wings shaped to form a wide arc.  These wings were built on the foundations of the former building.  The wings in the new building are independent with no central element to connect them.  Instead, a wide esplanade leaves an open view from the place du Trocadéro to the Eiffel Tower. 

The Eiffel Tower seen from the Trocadero Plaza, by DG Hudson

Jardins du Trocadéro (Gardens of the Trocadero)

With sloping fairways that run along the river, the garden terraces feature a number of sculptures, some dating from the 1930s, including the gilded bronze fountain sculpture shown below.

Fountains, Bull and Deer, at the Trocadero, Paris, Fr. by DG Hudson

The main feature, called the Fountain of Warsaw, is a long basin, or water mirror, with twelve fountain-creating columns of water 12 meters high; twenty four smaller fountains four meters high; and ten arches of water. In 2011, the fountain's waterworks were completely renovated. This water sculpture contains the only exposition fountains which still exist today, and still function as they once did.

At the lower end of the water fountain is the Carrousel de Trocadéro, a beautiful two storied creation, with the Eiffel Tower in the background.  See link below.

There's a lot of history connected with this location in Paris.  If you want to know more, I've included reference links below.


DG's Theme:  Paris, Etc. (Art, Film, Places, and People)

What do you think of the design of the Trocadero Did you know what the name meant, or that a battle of the same name took place in Spain? OR Do you like carousels? Any favourites?  Please share in the comments.


References:  Trocadéro
The old Palais du Trocadéro, vintage photos 
Gardens of the Trocadero
Carousel at Trocadero