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Palais de Chaillot
Chaillot Palace
#About the Palace

The Chaillot Palace (Palais de Chaillot), that replaced the old Trocadero Palace, is the building that represented France at the 1937 World Exhibition in Paris.

The Chaillot Palace, which consists of two separate parts with no connection between them, is characterised by two arms that look like a stretched arch from above. The structure was designed in the Strim Lane style, where the element of curvature is especially prominent. It was built by the architects Louis-Hippolyte Bauleau, Jacques Carlo and Leon Esme. The space between the two arms allows for a beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower, the Champ de Mars and the Seine.

The UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration on Human Rights here on December 10, 1948. The event was commemorated by a large stone monument in the square called the "Human Rights Promenade."

A fire that damaged the east side of the palace in 1997, brought it to a state of decay. However, with the years it became a paradise of architecture and construction. The place was redesigned and opened in March 2007 as the Museum of Architecture and Heritage, that tries to examine French architecture from the Middle Ages to the present.

On the east side of the palace you can find the Museum of French Statues, founded from the idea of the architect Viola-la-Duc. The exhibits are organized according to geographic regions and periods of times. This allows viewers to compare different styles and ideas.

Another institution in this side is the School of Architecture. It has an archive of 20th-century architecture and a place for higher education. You can also find here the National Theater of Chaillot..

#About the Museums Inside the Chaillot Palace

There are many interesting museums you can visit in the Chaillot Palace:

The Marine Museum - dedicated to the marine history of France. Here you can find different models of ships, antique maps and marine navigation equipment. The museum is located inside the Chaillot Palace.

The Museum of Man - a museum with ethnographic exhibits. It was founded in 1937 by Paul Riva for the World Art and Technology Exhibition of the Modern Era. The purpose of the compilation of collections under one roof was to present human development from the prehistoric period and the differences between the different cultures.

The Museum of Monuments - the museum presents the development of French architecture from the Middle Ages until today, you will find two galleries: one dedicated to architecture and the other to wall paintings and stained glass windows. The museum offers models, 3D screenings, stained glass windows, paintings, books and films.

The National Chaillot Palace - here you can find the best theatre performances in Paris. The theatre hosts many of the best and famous plays and contains 3 luxurious theaters of different sizes. It has from an intimate and small space to a huge theater. The entrance of the theater, The Grand Foyer, provides a beautiful view of the gardens, ponds and fountains of the Trocadero Gardens.

#The Trocadero Gardens

The Trocadero gardens contain a variety of statues, some very old. In the center of the gardens you can find the long and beautiful "Warsaw Fountain." They are divided into several levels decorated with sculptures. There are 93,930 square meters. In order to view them from the Eiffel Tower, you can cross the Pont d'Léna bridge, which connects the two banks of the Seine.

The gardens were built as part of the original palace that was here before the Chaillot Palace. The original palace - the Trocadero Palace was named after the battle of Trocadero that took place in France in 1823.

The big gardens are open to the wide public and are suitable for a nice picnic in the summer. On the edge of the big square in the center of the gardens you will find a small café with delicious desserts.

At nightime the statues are illuminated and during the day it is nice to take pictures in the gardens with the Eiffel Tower in the background.

For the residents of Paris the gardens serve as a meeting place for "skateboarders." The square is regularly used for demonstrations, events and celebrations.

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Vereniging Museumhaven
Vereniging Museumhaven
#About Amsterdam's Open Harbor Museum

When you're near the Nemo Museum, peek out at the dock next to you. Where you can see the collection of ancient ships of Amsterdam. Calling it a museum is a little amusing, because it does not give any information or content, beyond peeking at the ancient ships, but the truth is that it is a fascinating sight that brings back to childhood memories of films we loved to see.

Either way, you can see here a collection of 20 ancient ships, a marine view of the ships anchored in the harbor - a nice place for lovers of marine history.

There is a wide variety of ships here, from more or less ancient sails to old service ships and more respectable motor boats.

The harbor where these ancient ships dock was once the port of the Dutch navy, from which the well-known merchant ships of the Dutch Empire emerged in the 17th century.

The ships are anchored, as noted, between the Nemo Museum and the Maritime Museum of Amsterdam, so it is natural for ship enthusiasts to continue to them as well. Enjoy!
Maritime Museum of Crete
‪‪Maritime Museum of Crete‬
#About Chania's Maritime Museum

At that Maritime Museum of Crete, located at the ‪Firkas Fortress‬ on the Venetian harbor pier, you can find a variety of artifacts of maritime history and from ancient times, the fight over Crete during World War II, Greek naval vessels and modern items as well.

Displayed here are ancient findings from the bottom of the ocean, displays of ships, seashells, and without a doubt the crown jewel - a life size replica of a Minoan vessel, built out of original materials.

The museum also displays smaller replicas of ancient boats, from the Bronze Age, up to Corbatas from World War II, and Greek merchant ships, submarines, and destroyers.

The museum's purpose is to tell about the Greek shipping history and the Crete version specifically. The museum is set up in chronological order.

The building itself has meaning as well, the Greek flag was erected here for the first time in 1913, when Crete officially became a part of Greece.

A closer look at the Chania Maritime Museum:

Museu Martim de Barcelona
Maritime Museum
#About the Museum

If you are history fans, especially naval history, this museum is perfect for you. Here you can get to know the lives of the seafarers and their sailing machines.

The special building where you are standing used to be the royal shipyard, where ships used to be made, fixed, and stored. The first museum was established in 1929. Its purpose was to express and bring to life the studies of the old Navy School. At the same time, the museum and the library collected different art pieces from navy schools from around the world. In 1935 organizations in Barcelona decided to establish a large Navy museum, to help document and preserve the importance of the sailing and water activities to the city.

In the large space with arches above, which today is the Maritime Museum of Barcelona, you can see ship models and read stories about the seafarers. You can learn about the sailing history of Catalonia, and see different exhibits having to do with navigation and ships. The museum is suitable for children, and no less - adults.

Notice the model of the "Gally" - a flatboat that sails with oars or sails, that used to be operated by prisoners or slaves. This boat led the Spanish army to a big victory in 1571, against the Turkish ships.

Another perfect attraction for children is the sailing ship, located in one of the halls, where visitors can feel the movements from blowing winds around. Let children climb to the deck, and imagine themselves sailing to the heart of the ocean.

You can find here ship parts from the Roman period, reliefs from the Arab period, furniture of passengers, an exhibit dedicated to the development of steamships, and much more fascinating subjects. There are also maritime maps, ancient and rare, and are an inseparable part of the items displayed here.

A Closer Look at the Museum:


Sea Museums

Cutty Sark
Cutty Sark
#About Greenwich's Ship

The iconic clipper ship Cutty Sark is a marine monument worth visiting while in Greenwich. In the second half of the 19th century, it was considered the fastest sailing ship in the world.

This ship was an immediate legend when it was created during the technological advancement race between sailing companies in the UK, whose goal was to create the fastest ship in the world. This occurred after the monopolistic company had great struggles around the import of tea for the West India Company.

The winner was Cutty Sark, a sailboat manufactured in Scotland christened by the name which meant "a petticoat" or "short skirt” in Scottish. It was beautiful and impressive, but above all else, it was fast and enabled the manufacturer to obtain the best import contracts of tea from India.

Today, the Cutty Sark is in the British Maritime Museum, illustrating the historical power of the Royal Navy of the British Empire. During the visit one can go aboard and learn about the lives of the sailors in the merchant ships and their work in those times. The ship also features a collection of ancient shipwrecks from around the world.

In addition, the yacht "Gipsy Moth IV" can be found beside it, in which the sailor Sir Francis Chichester circled the world alone when he was 65.

A Closer Look at the Ship :

Amsterdam Maritime History
Amsterdam Maritime History
#About the Museum

Amsterdam's Maritime Museum displays the story of the seafarers and their fascinating lives. Through the museum you can learn about their lives in a fun and interactive way. The museum building was built in 1656, and is walking distance from the NEMO Museum. Until 1973 the building was used as a Navy warehouse, until the museum opened.

In the museum are historical items, beginning from 500 years ago, that belong to the Dutch Navy. The Navy used to be the strongest in the world. There are many interesting things and displays, enabling visitors to connect and intimately learn about the country's naval past. Children will also enjoy and find a lot of interests here, the museum has video games, and visual effects.

A few years ago the museum was renovated: in the garden, glass walls and ceilings were built, with LED lights hanging off of them. In the evening, there's a real feeling as if the skies are lighting up, and small stars are sparkling above. This is a reminder for the seafarers and how they navigated with stars, using them as compasses. Though there have been many renovations here, the classical feel of the building has remained.
National Maritime Museum
National Maritime Museum
#About the Museum

This is the most prominent maritime museum in Britain and around the world. This museum captures its visitors by its uniqueness and illustrates Britain's great power as a great historical maritime power.

The National Maritime Museum is located in Greenwich, near the park. Most of its exhibits are available online so that those who cannot visit firsthand can still experience it from afar. The museum belongs to a series of historic buildings located on the National Heritage Site of Greenwich.

A collection describing the maritime history of Britain can be admired in the museum, along with archives of seamanship and shipping, some of which are located in the Queen's House which has been here since the 17th century. The museum has a variety of interesting historical items, including marine uniforms, paintings, maps and anchors.

The ground floor displays a large map, on which you can "travel" and let the children (and adults) study, take pictures and enjoy their time together.

The museum's beautiful gardens were designed in the 1870's. A railroad connecting Greenwich and London runs beneath the garden. It was only after the construction of the railway that the gardens were replanted in the fashion you see before you now.

A Closer Look at the Museum:


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