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Cite de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, Paris

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Cite 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. To visit Cite de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine on your holiday in Paris, and find out what else Paris has to offer, use our Paris travel itinerary maker.
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  • The city of architecture includes several quite distinct parts which the former Museum of french monuments where we spent a lot of time. We will return to the other parties. This part presents casts at level 1 of the splendors of our Romanesque and Gothic heritage. A real tour de France that makes you want to go on-site. The castings allow to appreciate the rich sculptural and iconographic our sacred art, essentially, and admire the details often little available on-site (cf the capitals). Plenty of space in the very clear Gallery, little world. A true happiness.
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  • The permanent expo of models of major French monuments is an interesting study of model building and that art form. There are often excellent temporary expos here in this very large exposition space s...  more »
  • Diversity and quality of the subjects outlined in this city that don't freeze items like a classical Museum. There is life in what is presented, everything is magnified and the content pedagigiques are excellent: panels, immersion, digital etc. The temporary exhibitions are precise and very complementary exhibitions permenantes. Special mention to the reproduction of the dwelling of Marseille of Le Corbusier. At discover by taking the time... We took almost 3 h 30 ;)
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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.
  • My favorite museum in Paris. Every time I go there, I plan to spend at least a day in the museum.
  • 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.

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