Posted on

Aside from the Pantheon , a little walk

Review for

Aside from the Pantheon , this is a nice little walk that will let you see some lesser known Paris Attractions.

Le Palais Galliera

When you leave the museum you see, facing you on the other side of Avenue du President-Wilson, the Italian Renaissance-like Palais Galliera, built in the last quarter of the 19th century by Leon Ginain (1825-1898) for the Duchess Galliera, who wanted it as a home for her collection of the 17th-century Italian Art, which she intended to bequeath to the French nation. In the end she gave teh collection to Genoa and the empty palais to France. Since 1977 the palais, which has a lovely little garden, has housed the Musee de la Mode et d Costume (Fashion and Costume), whose core collection comes from Carnavalet. Due to problems of conservation, it holds only temporary exhibitions.

Chinoiseries – Again, this is no Pantheon or Arc de Triomphe

Carry on up the avenue, staying on the same side as the Musee Galliera, unti you reach Place d’ Iena. At the centre of the place is an equestrian statue of George Washington (1732-1799) done in 1900 by two US sculptors called French and Potter, and given to the city by the Society of the Daughters of the Revolution. Go right around the place, crossing Avenue Pierre-1er-de-Serbie and Avenue d’Iena.

At the angle of Avenue d’Iena and Rue Boissiere is the Musee National des Arts Asian antiques, or Musee Guimet, founded by Emile Guimet (1836-1918), a 19th-century businessman with a passion of teh Orient. Though teh building has no architectural value, teh museum is an unalloyed pleasure. Completely restored and reorganized-chronologically and by nations-in 1983, it now contains one of the largest collections of its kind in the world. Especially remarkable is the Khmer collection on the ground floor-the largest ensemble outside Kampuchea,a nd including the stunning 10th-century peidement from the Bantey Srey temple-and there are rooms devoted to the esoteric arts of Nepal and Tibet (among the world’s finest such collections, with some 70 paintings and 30 illuminated manuscript), India, China and Japan.

Leaving teh museum, cross Rue de Longchamps and Avenue du President-Wilson. At the corner of Avenues d’Iena and du President -Wilson is the Conseil Economique et Social (Social Economic Council) building, designed by Auguste Perrret (1874-1954) in 1936 and an architectural landmark for its unequivocal and unashamed use of concrete-no decoration, just raw material.

Carry on up Avenue du President-Wilson until you reach Place du Tocadero-et-du-11-Novembre, established at the top of the Chaillot hill in 1869. On your left, with a superb view oveer the river, is the Palais de Chaillot, teh third of our great 1930s buildings on the hill and another for which Le Corbusier failed to get the commission.

The wall straight ahead is that of the Cimetiere de Passy,w hose entrance is in the small Rue du Commandant-Schloesing, off Avenue Paul-Doumer. Among those buried there are teh artist Edouard Manet (1832-1883) and Berthe Morisot (1841-1895), the writer Octave Mirbeau (1850-1917) and teh composers Gabriel Faure (1854-1924) and Claude Debussy (1862-1918). The place sees the intersection of four other avenues, also opened during the 1800s, and there are a couple of agreeable cafes.

Your Paris walk ends here, at metro Trocadero, although instead you could connect from here to see other attractions with the Trocadero, Tour Eiffel and Invalides walk. If you still want to see the lovely Pantheon , it’s on the other side of town, so you will need to hop in a taxi.