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Musee des Monuments Francais, Paris

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Today, Musee des Monuments Francais is a museum of plaster casts symbolizing French monuments and forms part of the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine. The collection you will view here holds about 6,000 casts of sculptures of all periods, including ancient Greece, Italy, Germany, and Switzerland as well as a strong emphasis on French sculptures of the Romanesque and Gothic periods. You can also see scale models of buildings, copies of architectural elements, sculpture, frescoes, and stained glass from French churches and châteaux.

To top it off, you can enjoy a collection of about 200,000 photographs. Most copies were made in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Add Musee des Monuments Francais and other attractions to your Paris trip itinerary using our Paris trip itinerary builder.
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  • I give this place 5 stars but 2 stars for PR and organization. Perhaps this shows how architects can create a museum and how not to find it. Think tower of Babel. It's a truly wonderful place. There a...  more »
  • Unusual group of models of important French monuments, meticulously constructed. Fairly unique concept. Lovely location and building.  more »
  • A few steps from Navy Museum is truly a gem for lovers of Gothic art. It was really a surprise and turns in about a couple of hours; inside there are many models of the greatest French religious monuments and many reproductions of statues, capitals, façades and gargoyles. A lot of interactive activities for kids and interactive videos that perpettono to do virtual tours in some sites.
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