Two days in Paris – Part I

Nope, I am not going to talk about Julie Delpy”s film (which I watched like 3 times already) but actually about my short visit to La Ville Lumière, more precisely the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine.

This architecture museum is located at Palais de Chaillot, just a few minutes from La Tour Eiffel and has three main galleries as well as temporary exhibitions. The entrence fee is not at all expensive (I paid 5€ as I am still under 26) and they also have a nice café at the ground floor area in case you are hungry or thirsty after your visit!

First envisionned by the french architect Viollet-le-Duc in 1885, it was first meant to display publicly the sumptuousness of french monument and scuptural art. The “old” part of the museum, Galerie des Moulage was combined then with the newer part (Galerie Moderne et Contemporaine) since 2007.

Galerie des Moulages – This area focuses on traditional French architecture form 12th to 18th century.

There are more than 350 plaster cast (moulage in french) and 60 human-size models. All the plaster casts were built using traditional techniques and the oldest object was dated back to 1880.

Really admire the work done here, such a fastidious and meticulous work!Some of the models presented here were donations by public and private institutions. A lot of them were used as a tool for demonstration and teaching in design and arcitecture classes.

Different size and materials are used to show the construction system, interiors or urban composition of  famous buildings in France.Small size of Notre Dame de Paris

This is the first part of my visit to Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine. In my next entry, I will share the “modern” part of this museum. Sorry I don’t have a lot of details on my pictures but to all arcitecture conoisseurs out there,  don’t hesitate to leave a comment and share :)

Have a lovely weekend!

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