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Throwback Thursday • Vintage Paris • Palais du Trocadéro

Palais du Trocadéro – Circa 1878

Located in the 16th Arrondissement, this palace was named  in honor of the 1823 Battle of Trocadéro during which French forces intervened in Spain in order to restore King Ferdinand VII to the throne of Spain.

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The Trocadéro was a concert hall and a meeting place for international organizations during the 1878 World’s Fair.  Located adjacent to the Eiffel Tower, the building was unpopular and was eventually demolished in 1937 and replaced the more modern Palais de Chaillot which still stands.

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The gardens, which also underwent complete renovations over the years, originally held three large animal statues – a rhinoceros, a horse and an elephant – which have been relocated to near the entrance of the Musée d’Orsay since 1986.

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Also relocated to entrance of the Musée d’Orsay from the original Trocadéro’s gardens are these six statues, known as The Six Continents.  These sculptures, designed for the Trocadero Palace of the Universal Exhibition of 1878, had been lying in a public rubbish dump in Nantes since 1963. The Musée d’Orsay secured them in exchange for a painting by Sisley. (Wow)

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Located on the grounds of the Tocadéro gardens, I was surprised to read that there is an aquarium ~ how had I missed this in all my trips to Paris?  I didn’t even know it existed.  However, even though I’m kind of an aquarium geek, after reading so-so reviews on TripAdvisor, I would likely give it a pass unless I were traveling with children, then it would likely be of more interest.

Horse Photo:
“Paris Orsay Cheval Rouillard 2012” by Photo: JLPC / Wikimedia Commons

6 countries photo:
By Mbzt via Wikimedia Commons


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