Tracadero from the Eiffel Tower in Paris

Trocadéro

A must see stop for anyone interested in finding things to do in Paris.  From Trocadéro you’ll be presented with a tremendous view of the Eiffel Tower down through the Champ de Mars and the Military School.  There are great restuarants a short walk down the road and access to walk down the sides of Trocadéro to the Eiffel Tower.  There are two buildings that surround the main standing platform,  The Naval Museum (Musée national de la Marine) and the Musée de l’Homme are located in the southern (Passy) wing while the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, including the Musée national des Monuments Français are located in the eastern (Paris) wing.

The place was named in honour of the Battle of Trocadéro. French forces led by the Duc d’Angoulême captured and fortified Isla del Trocadéro, in southern Spain on August 31, 1823.  France had intervened on behalf of King Ferdinand VII of Spain, whose rule was contested by a liberal rebellion. Trocadéro restored the autocratic Spanish Bourbon Ferdinand VII to the throne of Spain, in an action that defined the Restoration.

Chateaubriand said “To stride across the lands of Spain at one go, to succeed there, where Bonaparte had failed, to triumph on that same soil where the arms of the fantastic man suffered reverses, to do in six months what he couldn’t do in seven years, that was truly prodigious!”  Today the square is officially named Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, although it is usually simply called the Place du Trocadéro.

GETTING THERE

Paris Metro: Trocadéro

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