PARIS EXPO

Paris Expo
Paris Expo
Paris Expo at Porte the Versaille is the first and biggest exhibitions and fairs area in Paris, built in 1923. This area attracts every year more then 200 exhibitions, congresses and events and more then 6 millions of visitors per year from all over the world. The area covers about 220.000 m2 and presents 8 halls, 32 meeting rooms and 3 amphitheatres. International fairs like Paris’ fashion Prèt à Porter are here represented.
Between 1996 and 2006, half the facilities will be rebuilt to enable the centre to host every kind of major event - B2B, scientific, technical, political and cultural.
Several halls have been demolished then rebuilt to meet organisers' needs, others have been modernised, some restaurants have been revamped and a tunnel now links the park's two halves, improving wheelchair access.
With its outstanding facilities, Porte de Versailles has played a pivotal role in the economy of Paris and the Ile de France region since the 70s. Its 220,000 m2 of halls make it Europe's 4th biggest exhibition complex.

PONT BIR-HAKEIM


The Seine
The Seine
It was in 1878, for the Universal Exposition, that an original metal footbridge was built on either side of the Ile des Cygnes, and called the "Passy footbridge". It was much used by the inhabitants of the 15th and 16th arrondissements. However, to meet the needs of the Universal Exposition of 900, plans were drawn up to replace it by a bridge combining a railway and a road. In late 1902 a competition was organised by the Metropolitan railway and Seine Navigation departments for a two-tier bridge, with a road bridge on the lower level comprising two lateral roadways separated by a central walkway and, on the upper level, the metropolitan railway viaduct supported by metal columns resting on the central space. The author of the project was Louis Biette, a Paris municipal architect, was responsible for the decoration. The Pont de Bir-Hakeim is in fact comprised of two unequal metal structures, each comprising three cantilever type spans, separated by a monumental stone structure on the upstream tip of the Ile des Cygnes.
Called the Passy viaduct until 1948, the work was renamed the Pont de Bir-Hakeim to commemorate General Koenig's June 1942 victory over Rommel in the Libyan desert.

PALAIS DES SPORTS


The cavernous Palais des Sports (Sports Arena) hosts hockey and basketball games, as well as large-scale musicals and rock concerts. Not to be confused (especially the night of the show!) with the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy, or POPB, whose administration runs the Palais des Sports, the venue is one of the primary spots for large-scale culture in Paris. The place can also be changed into a conference and meeting room.

PLACE DU 18 JUIN 1940


This square commemorates two important events of the Second World War. On June 18th 1940 General de Gaulle broadcast his first BBC radio address from London urging France to resist against the Nazi occupiers. This was also the place in which General Leclerc, then the leader of the French forces, accepted the surrender of General Von Choltitz, the Nazi commander of the Paris occupation, on August 25th 1944.

GARE MONTPARNASSE


One of oldest stations in Paris (1840), it was completely rebuilt after WWII. The earlier neo-classical building was hiding behind it a cast iron roof (Fauconnier) which collapsed a few month after completion. A new station, by architect Victor Lenoir, was built between 1848-1852.
On October 22 1895, a terrible accident brought the locomotive engine and the first coach out the window from the first floor, where the platforms were situated, into the street. The building had suffered several major transformations, up through the 1960's, when the whole area was reorganized and the Montparnasse Tower, together with the present station, were built.

PORTE DE SEVRES – HELIPORT DE PARIS


In this Arrondissement is located also the Heliport de Paris. From the Heliport, you can enjoy an exciting 30 minutes flight over this marvellous city. You will have a view over Paris and its most prestigious monuments from the sky (Trocadéro, the Eiffel Tower, Montparnasse Tower, Invalides...). an unforgettable experience!

PARC ANDRÉ CITROËN


The underlying geometry is modernist, embellished with post-modern ornament. It is a fine product of a late-twentieth century landscape design competition. Alain Provost and Gilles Clément explained their design as having four themes (artifice, architecture, movement and nature) with an overall transition from urban to rural. The use of water and clipped plants carry a distant echo of the French Baroque. A White Garden and a Black Garden are set into the urban fabric and lead on to the park’s central feature - a vast rectangular lawn sliced through by a diagonal path. Two glasshouse pavilions, separated by a pavement of dancing fountains, stand at the urban end of the lawn. The River Seine flows at the far end. One flank of the lawn is bounded by a monumental canal and the other by two sets of small gardens: the six Serial Gardens and a wild Garden in Movement.