The Trocadero: A History


The Trocadero: The Best View in Paris

Do you ever wonder where people get those amazing pictures of the Eiffel Tower? Well those pictures are taken from the Trocadero, the most popular viewing spot of the Eiffel Tower. This famous location has drawn millions of viewers over the years. But these steps to see the Eiffel Tower are more than just steps. There are gardens, buildings, and museums. And there are years of history behind this famous building.

The Eiffel Tower Seen From the Trocadero

Named after a Spanish battle

The Trocadero is named after the Battle of Trocadero in which the French captured the island for the King of Spain who was dealing with his own rebellion. Eventually, this led to the French helping the Spanish restore Bourbon power back in Spain. 

Built for the World's Fair

The palace was built for the 1867 World's Fair, which is not the one that the Eiffel Tower was built for. This was the old palace and was built with a Moorish and Byzantine style. It held a concert hall and was intended for the holding of meetings during the fair.

Palais de Chaillot

In the 1930s, the old palace was torn down and a new palace was built, the one that stands today. The floor plan was similar, such as the two wings, but the style was completely different. Today it houses multiple museums, such as the Musée National de la Marine, Musée de l'Homme, Musée National des Monuments Français, and Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine. 

A famous location

This was the site where the United Nations General Assembly declared Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. But all of that is forgotten because of one very famous photograph. After he fall of France in World War II, Hitler went on a short tour of Paris, taking the time to stop and admire the Eiffel Tower from the Trocadero. The famous portrait is of Hitler posing in front of the Eiffel Tower. 

To see the Eiffel Tower sparkle at night, get there early for a good spot, especially turing the peak season. You can sit on the steps or go right up to the railing, but get there early. The Eiffel Tower sparkles every hour on the hour for the first five minutes. Midnight is the last time you can see it sparkle.

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