The Chaillot Palace


From one Universal Exposition to the other… The imposing Palais de Chaillot was built in 1937 in place of the Palais du Trocadéro which was built in 1878. Its architects (Léon Azéma, Jacques Carlu and Louis-Hippolyte Boileau) have designed two pavilions extended by long curved wings on either side of a forecourt from which one has an exceptional view of the Eiffel Tower located on the other side of the Seine. Below lie the gardens of the Trocadero.

The forecourt and buildings are decorated with numerous sculptures by Paul Belmondo and Henri Bouchard, among others. Inside the palace are installed the Museum of Man, the National Museum of the Navy, the City of Architecture and Heritage and the National Theatre of Chaillot, ex-Théâtre national populaire (TNP) directed by Jean Vilar.

The palace has long been home to the Cinémathèque française, which now has its own site in Bercy Park.