Thursday, April 30, 2015

Z = Zénith de Paris, French Faves - A to Z Challenge

 Zenith * - the highest or culminating point 
 Oxford Dictionary

Le Zenith, Parisian Venue - Creative Commons*

Z = Zénith de Paris

Zénith de Paris is an indoor multi-purpose arena in Paris, France. It is located in the Parc de la Villette on the edge of the Canal de l'Ourcq. It seats up to 6293 people which makes it one of the largest venues in Paris. 


Le Zénith was built in 1983 to replace the Hippodrome de Pantin, a circus big-top which had become the main venue for touring rock bands visiting Paris. Designed by architects Philippe Chaix and Jean-Paul Morel, Le Zénith was built on the same location as the old circus tent.

As with the Eiffel Tower, this hall was intended to be used for a fixed term of three years after which it was to be dismantled and replaced by a new hall nearby.  However, instead its success gave birth to a chain of new halls throughout France. 

Well, if something works well, why not keep it? That kind of thinking helped save the Eiffel Tower from being dismantled after the initial exhibition / World's Fair.

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Have you ever heard the name Le Zénith in regard to concert venues in France? Is Zenith (in English) a word you have used very much? 

Please leave a comment to let me know you stopped by, and if you are part of the A to Z Challenge. I'll be sure to check your blog, and reciprocate. If you're not in the challenge, thanks for stopping by to visit! I try to reply to all comments.

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The A to Z Blog Challenge is brainchild of Lee, at Tossing It Out.  Please visit the A to Z blog site to find out more information and the participant list.  There are also Twitter and Facebook presences if you want to check those!



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References:

Zénith
Definition: The point on the celestial sphere that is directly above the observer.

Wiki on Le Zénith
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Z%C3%A9nith_de_Paris

Le Zenith de Paris
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31 comments:

  1. Hi DG - I haven't as far as Paris is concerned, but I'm not into concerts ... but this was interesting to know about and how it's spawned venues around France.

    Zenith .. I know of the word and would use it ... as a pinnacle or end of something ... but I haven't used it specifically in a blog post ... there's always a good reason that I might one day!

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. I'd likely use another word, but Zenith does have a certain sound about it. . .all Z words do. Le Zenith seems very practical, but it may be excellent for acoustics.

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  2. I had not hear of that place as a venue in France. But my uncle was a TV repairman 'back in the day' and he only sold Zenith brand products, so everyone in the family had Zenith TVs, antennas, radios and stereo equipment.

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    1. I remember someone in the family having a Zenith TV . . .

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  3. Paris definitely benefited from keeping the Effiel Tower. The Zenith de Paris looks like it was inspired by the Big Top tent.

    Congratulations on a brilliant month - I look forward to reading more posts from you :-)

    Annalisa, writing A-Z vignettes, at Wake Up, Eat, Write, Sleep

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    1. Merci! I've enjoyed your vignettes very much!

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  4. I know zenith as a word, but I didn't know it was a place. You taught me so much about Paris with your theme. Congratulations on making it to Z! :)

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    1. Glad I could help! And thanks, I now plan to put these posts under a tab at the top called "French Faves" of course.

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  5. Still not a lot of people, but glad it survived and wasn't dismantled.
    Congratulations on completing the Challenge!

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    1. Thanks, Alex. I guess having the amount of people controlled in any venue, makes it easier to manage.

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  6. Glad it wasn't dismantled. Congrats on making it to A to Z's Zenith! My N key is hardly ever working -- hence the short comments! :-)

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    1. I had a key on my old laptop that did that, It was my E key. . .and the lettering wore off my N key. . .I'm just glad you have visited my blog when you did. Thanks!

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  7. I must say I don't understand the reasoning behind spending oodles of money to build this big "something" with intention to tear it down after a certain amount of time. ::sigh::

    I'm glad that the city embraced this building and decided not only to keep it, but build more!

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    1. You're right Robin, and Paris can be practical as well as romantic.

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  8. So do they still hold circuses in this facility? I use the word "Zenith" on occasion. It's kind of a cool word.
    Be sure to visit my Battle of the Bands post tomorrow. I've dedicated this one to you and some of the other bloggers who posted about France for A to Z.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Join us on May 4 with your post of Reflections about this year's A to Z.
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Sound intriguing, Lee, I always try to visit at least some of the BOTB bloggers. I will check it out for sure tomorrow! As for whether they hold circuses at Le Zenithl, I'm not sure. As long as they refresh it - why not?

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  9. I had heard of Le Zenith with respect to rock concert venues, had no idea it replaced the Hippodrome de Pantin (or that it was gone). Glad that they managed to see the wisdom to 'save' this one.

    DG, I have to say I really enjoyed your A to Z Challenge, it may have been my favorite A to Z ever, of course, I'm interested in most things French. Great Job!

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    1. Thanks, FAE, I'm glad you liked it! I'm glad I'm not the only one who likes most things French. I saw part of a concert in front of the Hotel de Ville during our trip and they put coloured lights on the outside of the building which were coordinated with the light show.

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  10. Very interesting-- I don't think I have hardly ever used the word though :)

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    1. Neither do I, I'd use something else more likely, such as pinnacle.

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  11. J here, stopping by from the #atozchallenge - where I am part of Arlee's A to Z Ambassador Team.
    I celebrated our "Z-day" by watching the iZombie television show.
    Hope to see you at the after party. I'm looking forward to when the Reflections Linky List opens on Monday, May 4th.
    I actually haven't been inside that when in France. I heard of it though. Cool post.

    -J @JLenniDorner

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    1. I haven't heard any concerts in Paris either, I would expect the acoustics are good at the Le Zeniths or they wouldn't have repeated the same type in other locales. Thanks for visiting.

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  12. Just discoverd your blog through Arlee Bird who listed the bloggers who chose France as their A to Z challenge theme. I will come back! Nice work and you definitely make my French heart beat faster.

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    1. Thanks, I did find your blog, but didn't comment yet.I have more posts on Paris under the tabs at the top of the blog page. Nice to meet you!

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  13. I never had the chance to visit this venue . Our trip to Paris was short and then we headed to the French Riveria. I find it interesting that both this venue and the Eiffel Tower were intended to be temporay constructions
    Congratulations for making it to the end of the challenge. I'm trying to make my way through the list and visit all the participants.
    Melissa Sugar
    @msugar13
    Sugarlaw13@live.com
    Http://fictiontoolbox.blogspot.com

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    1. How nice, the French Riviera! I would like to see that area one day, and Nice and etc.Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. I have not heard of this, but as mentioned above, I do remember the Zenith TV. We had a big, clunky, terrible tube TV that was made by Zenith when I was a kid. I guess if we wanted to be fancy about it we could have called it 'Le Zenith.' :)

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    1. Might have added a little class to the name, but probably would not make it work any better. Since Zenith means the top or high up, perhaps that indicates the concerts here are the top of the lot.

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  15. Congrats on completing the A to Z Challenge! Looking forward to next year! See you on the Road Trip!

    Mary www.JingleJangleJungle.net

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    1. I won't be going on the Road Trip, too many other commitments, but have a good time! I dropped by your blog and left a comment.

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  16. Hello there.
    Congratulations on completing the challenge! I didn't get to visit your blog during the crazy month of April so I'm popping over today from the Road Trip/Reflections linky.

    Entrepreneurial Goddess

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