Palais de Chaillot

Coordinates: 48°51′44″N 2°17′17″E / 48.86234°N 2.28807°E / 48.86234; 2.28807
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View of the Palais de Chaillot and the Jardins du Trocadéro from the Eiffel Tower in 2015
Fountain of Warsaw, with the Palais de Chaillot in the background

The Palais de Chaillot (French pronunciation: [palɛ d(ə) ʃajo]) is a building at the top of the Chaillot hill [fr] in the Trocadéro area in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, France.


The building was designed in classicising "moderne" style by architects Louis-Hippolyte Boileau, Jacques Carlu and Léon Azéma.[1] The Palais consists of two separate wings shaped to form a wide arc, which are those of the former Palais du Trocadéro with new taller portions built in front. The pair of larger central pavilions are also those of the former Palais du Trocadéro, encapsulated in new construction. The large central hall and towers of the old palais were demolished, leaving only the basement, with a wide esplanade created on top, establishing an open view from the place du Trocadéro to the Eiffel Tower and beyond.

The buildings are decorated with quotations by Paul Valéry, and sculptural groups at the attic level by Raymond Delamarre, Carlo Sarrabezolles and Alfred Bottiau.[2] The eight gilded figures on the terrace of the Rights of Man are attributed to the sculptors Alexandre Descatoire, Marcel Gimond, Jean Paris dit Pryas, Paul Cornet, Lucien Brasseur, Robert Couturier, Paul Niclausse and Félix-Alexandre Desruelles.[3]

The buildings now house a number of museums:


1937 Expo: Construction[edit]

For the Exposition Internationale of 1937, the old 1878 Palais du Trocadéro was partly demolished and partly rebuilt to create the Palais de Chaillot.

World War II[edit]

It was on the front terrace of the palace that Adolf Hitler was pictured during his short tour of the city in 1940, with the Eiffel Tower in the background. This became an iconic image of the Second World War. On VE Day, 8 May 1945, the U.S. Army in Paris celebrated their victory on the same spot. Over 2800 soldiers, sailors and airmen listened to the victory speech to the troops by President Harry S. Truman, and then an address by the ranking officer in Paris, Lt. Gen John C. H. Lee, commanding general of the Com-Z logistics operations of the U.S. Army in Europe since May 1942.

Post-World War II[edit]

1948/1951: United Nations General Assembly[edit]

In 1948, the Palais de Chaillot hosted the third United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), and, in 1951, the sixth UNGA[4] It is in the Palais de Chaillot that the UNGA adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December 1948. This event is now commemorated by a stone, and the esplanade is known as the esplanade des droits de l'homme ("esplanade of human rights").

1952–1959: Temporary NATO headquarters[edit]

The Palais de Chaillot also served as temporary NATO headquarters in Paris, from 1952 until the permanent HQ at "Palais de l'OTAN" (now Université Paris Dauphine) was inaugurated in 1959.


  1. ^ "Palais de Chaillot". Exploring the Iconic Landmark of Paris.
  2. ^ Archives d'architecture du XXe siècle, Volume 1 by Institut français d'architecture, Maurice Culot, page 158
  3. ^ "Trocadéro". Archived from the original on 2010-11-02. Retrieved 2014-03-10.
  4. ^ "Palais de Chaillot". Paris Digest. 2018. Retrieved 2018-09-15.

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