Trendy and chic, Iéna has stamped an omnipresent creativity on this district: the Palais de Tokyo, the Musée d’Art Moderne, the Palais Galliera and the Musée Baccarat … A must since the death of Princess Diana in 1997, the bridge at Alma has become a constant place of pilgrimage for visitors. But Alma is also about fashion (Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint-Laurent), the arts (Musée du Quai Branly) and the spiritual (Cathédrale Américaine de Paris).
This famous house specializing in crystal, offers a unique collection in its genre, which brings together some of the most prestigious pieces to have been produced in its workshops. A fairytale visit to a museum dedicated to this famous brand, with a very confidential atmosphere.
The musée Galliera is the City of Paris Museum of Fashion. Opened in 1977, it is housed in a Renaissance-style palace built at the end of the 19th century for the Duchesse de Galliera.
Created at the initiative of an industrialist from Lyon Émile Guimet (1836-1918), this museum has become a great centre for knowledge of Asian civilizations. The Galeries du Panthéon bouddhique, also part of the museum, have an exceptionally fine Japanese garden and tea pavilion, a gift from Japanese patrons of the arts. This place full of serenity was designed specially to harmonize with all the aspects of the traditional tea ceremony.
In 1934, while it occupied part of the ancient Savonnerie carpet factory, the state set about creating a national museum of modern art. On 24 May 1937, the Palais des Musées d’Art Moderne was opened. It has been modified numerous times, notably with the attribution of cultural sites within the Palais de Tokyo. In 1999 Catherine Trautmann, minister of culture and communication, decided to open the West Wing of the building to inaugurate the centre for contemporary art. Today, it is a cultural centre that takes an interest in the up-and-coming interdisciplinary and contemporary scene in various forms. The modular interior of the place makes it suitable for the installation of all types of events.
The city’s museum of modern art, also known as MaM, reopened in 2006 after renovation and is situated in the east wing of the Palais de Tokyo. Inaugurated in 1947, it is a monumental building in a sobre style, composed of two perfectly symmetrical wings separated by a fountain and stone staircases. The glass ceilings provide natural daylight for the majority of rooms. The permanent collections of the museum comprise more than 8,000 works illustrating the many different artistic currents of the 20th century, with works by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris, Henri Matisse, Alberto Giacometti, Georges Braque, and Yves Klein, just to mention a few. The museum also shows major temporary exhibitions.
Who made iconic fashion items of the three-quarter coat and the trouser suit, square shoulders, puffed sleeves, the spencer, gypsy blouses, etc. The legendary designer Yves Saint Laurent, of course!
This bridge connecting the 7th, 8th and 16th arrondissements of Paris is known not only for its statue of a Zouave soldier, formerly used to measure rises in the level of the Seine… At one end of the bridge is the Flame of Liberty, a gift to France as a token of thanks for French help restoring the famous statue in New York, and now an unofficial memorial to Princess Diana. The flame is a perfect replica of the torch held up by ‘Lady Liberty’.
Paris boasts the world’s most extensive network of sewers, forming an astounding underground city. There are over 2,400 km of tunnels, which corresponds to the distance between Paris and Moscow!