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Paris of Gustave Eiffel at the Cité of the Architecture

Paris of Gustave Eiffel at the Cité of the Architecture

On the occasion of the centenary of Gustave Eiffel's passing, the Cité de l'Architecture presents an exceptional exhibition that highlights the Parisian projects of this illustrious engineer. It's a unique opportunity to discover the multiple facets of the creator of the Eiffel Tower, an iconic symbol of the City of Light.

The majestic Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, housed in the prestigious Palais de Chaillot, just in front of the Iron Lady, will host an unprecedented exhibition dedicated to the life and work of the illustrious engineer Gustave Eiffel.

The centenary of Gustave Eiffel's passing is the perfect occasion to pay tribute to the man who profoundly marked the history of architecture, engineering, and science in France and the world. More than just a retrospective on the famous tower bearing his name, this unique exhibition takes you on a journey through the life of the engineer, exploring the Paris he helped shape.

You will have the opportunity to explore different stages of his life, from his childhood in Dijon to his evolution in the world of engineering in Paris. Prints, photographs, digital tools, objects, and models are cleverly arranged to evoke Eiffel's life in Paris, his workshops, his collaborators, and, of course, his iconic achievements.

The Eiffel Tower, his most famous masterpiece, majestically dominates the center of the exhibition, but it's not the only star, of course. The exhibition provides an overview of Gustave Eiffel's contributions to the modernity of the capital. Lesser-known projects, such as bridges, metal structures, or technological advancements in the field of department stores and the metro, are also highlighted, showcasing the uniqueness of his creative genius.

An essential aspect of the exhibition explores the significance of scientific research conducted by Gustave Eiffel. For over thirty years, he devoted himself to innovative fields such as aerodynamics, aeronautics, and meteorology. Visitors can even explore an accurate replica of his office, reconstructed with his original furniture, thanks to loans from the Eiffel aerodynamic laboratory. This immersion into the engineer's scientific world provides a better understanding of the magnitude of his contributions to the sciences and technologies of his time.

Throughout the exhibition, you will rediscover the French capital from a new perspective. Paris is not only the city of lights and arts but also the birthplace of modern engineering, and Gustave Eiffel is one of its greatest figures. His influence is evident all over the city, in its monuments, structures, and buildings. As you journey through this immersive exhibition, you'll realize how inseparable Paris's modernity is from the visionary genius of this extraordinary engineer.

The exhibition pays tribute to a man who left a mark on his era, and whose legacy continues to shape the urban landscape of Paris. It offers you a chance to immerse yourself in the Paris of the 19th century, a Paris teeming with ideas and projects, a Paris rapidly transforming thanks to architectural, technological, and industrial advances.

If you have the opportunity to visit Paris during the exhibition period, don't miss this unique chance to discover or rediscover the life and work of Gustave Eiffel. You'll be once again amazed by the rich history of the City of Light!

Until January 8, 2024. Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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