Eiffel Tower Reflections in Place De Trocadero, Paris


Eiffel Tower Reflections in Place de Trocadero Paris 23cm x 31cm Original Oil on Primed Belgian Linen by

Ramon Ward-Thompson

Place du Trocadero is located in the Chaillot Quarter on the Right Bank of the River Seine in Paris.  Situated behind the famous Trocadero Gardens and Palais de Chaillot this little square was created for the Universal Exhibition of 1878 and initially was known as the Place du Roi-de-Rome, in honour of Napoleon’s son.  At its centre is a semi-circle garden where the statue of Marshal Ferdinand Foch was placed in 1951 to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of the 1918 Armistice.

A recent shower has left the wet pavements surrounding the Place de Trocadero glistening in the misty sunshine and creating a silvery light through which the majestic Eiffel Tower can be seen rising in the background where it stands in the Champs de Mars on the Left Bank of Paris. Just like the Champ-de-Mars, the Trocadero Gardens are open to the public. With a surface area of nearly 94,000 m2 (1,011,807 sq. ft.), the Trocadéro is also home to the Chaillot Palace which itself has several museums, gardens, a square, and an underground aquarium.

It goes without saying that lovely walks can be had on this side of Paris. One finds diverse garden sculptures dating from different periods whereas the Trocadéro Square, built in 1869, is a vestige of the Second Empire. In fact, the name Trocadéro comes from a battle led by Napoléon Bonaparte in Spain on August 31, 1823. At the centre of the square is a statue of Marshall Foch on horseback as well as a memorial to the French Army. Further down from the Chaillot Palace is the Trocadéro Fountain, made up of several small basins and a large one in the middle with 20 canons that spew out water at an impressive range of 7 meters.

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