Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine, Paris

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Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine is dedicated to architecture, with a focus on the Musée des Monuments Français. Three large galleries contain the treasures. Galerie des Moulages displays French architecture from the 12th to 18th centuries. Galerie des Peintures Murales et des Vitraux features wall paintings, stained-glass windows, and reproductions of works from historic monuments. Galerie Moderne et Contemporaine provides a look at French and international architecture from 1850 to present. Use our Paris journey app to arrange your visit to Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine and other attractions in Paris.
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  • Even if one already suspects from outside, one is struck by the volumes. Those life-size casts, obviously, it isn't every day that can be the look on details that are sometimes located in the tens of meters above us. But also those rooms... it's that needed space to cram all that! The upper floors are also very interesting to explore, with among others the reproduction of an apartment in Le Corbusier... you can quickly spend the afternoon! However, it must be really passionate about architecture to enjoy the Museum. It makes sense of course, but if you are hermetic in its history and its evolution, go your way: it is not a question about something else here, and the visit will turn into a long and boring journey in the middle of Facsimiles to the allures of ruins (and cha UD in the summer, there no air conditioning). The main access is currently closed for work, follow the signs to a door at the rear of the building. Kept changing facilities are available at the entrance.
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  • Is the Museum indicated restoration and exhibition of sculpture of the local church and the tympanum is a duplicate, but very readable and easy to understand. Architecture enthusiasts recommend. You can see the statue slowly because not so many tourists.
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  • Come by chance during the heritage days, we have been amazed by presented collections. The moldings offers a trip to the discovery of some of the most beautiful monuments of France. The room dedicated to modern architecture offers a walk in the evolution of the design of our habitats. Do not hesitate to take the children saw the educational effort in the different rooms of the Museum.
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  • This is an incredible and extensive collection of statuary, architecture, frescoes, and glass, from medieval to modern, from all over France. You can see the sculpture up close because they are finely-made plaster casts, colored in most cases to be good replicas, and because they were made before pollution and wear took their toll, closer to the original detail than on many monuments. Plan to devote hours if you're at all interested in medieval and renaissance art a nd architecture, which makes up the majority of the collection. The copies of frescoes were a surprise and delight. (Currently the stained glass rooms are not open.)
  • A lovely place that has a lot of interesting things. #history #architecture #painting #sculpture
  • La Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine is the place to go if you want to learn about architectural history of Paris. It is dedicated to the knowledge of architecture in the city, both past and present. It is a resource centre for architectural, urban, and landscape culture. The collection is outstanding and visiting it a pleasure. It's plenty of models of buildings such as Notre-Dame de Paris, the Cathedral of Reims, and other churches from across France. The Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Architecture presents models, films, documents, included a reproduction of a Le Corbusier house.
  • How wonderful that the items shown have been preserved and are on display to the public. For a small fee you can be lost for hours, going back hundreds of years. Awe-inspiring, this collection is outstanding. Not for young children, even the building which houses the pieces is unique. Some of the best views of the Eiffel Tower and Paris are showcased in their amazing windows. Spend some time appreciating the talents of bygone eras.
  • My favorite museum in Paris. Every time I go there, I plan to spend at least a day in the museum.

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