The Grand Palais gives you an insight to the unique and exciting history of France and its provinces, the art of war and how the borders changed with the conflicts with the Chefs d’œuvre de la collection des plans-reliefs de Louis XIV à Napoléon III exhibition in Paris between January 18th and February 17th 2012.
The 16 Relief maps exhibited beneath the Grand Palais’ nave come from the Musée des Plans-Reliefs and are a extraordinary yet educational reflection of the past. The accurate and detailed 1/600 scale maps were created between the 17th and 19th century by dozens of engineers and topographers from all over the country.
The result of their work which began during the reign of Louis XIV is impressive. Centuries’ worth of French history are on display here: from Brest, before it was bombed during World War II, to Cherbourg, presented on 160m², via Berg-op-Zoom, which was French before being Dutch. The topics of urban planning, the environment and the destructive art of war are all addressed here.
La France en relief (1668-1870):
- January 18th – February 17th 2012
- Nef du Grand Palais
- Main entrance: Avenue Winston-Churchill – 75008 Paris
- Access : Metro lines 1, 9 and 13 – Champs-Élysées Clemenceau ou Franklin-Roosevelt stations
- Open: Daily except Tuesday, from 10am to 20pm
- Further information: La France en relief exhibition
Hôtel d’Aubusson Paris, a 4 star hotel in the heart of Saint-Germain des Prés.