National « Heritage » days in Paris 09/14-15
Paris offers some of the finest estates in the world. Some are not open to the public. It is therefore, an unique opportunity given to us to visit these secret places for a day of heritage. Here is a selection of places near the Apostrophe hotel not to be missed :
If you are sensitive to the « golden colours » of the Republic, go and visit the neighboring Luxembourg Palace, which now houses the Senate. You will discover during open house the great hall where the Senators sit. Conceived by Chalgrin in 1800, it includes, behind the president’s office, six remarkable statues: those of Turgot, D’Aguesseau, Michel de l’Hospital, Colbert, Malesherbes and Jean-Etienne-Marie Portalis. The Senate will also reveal the greenhouses of its garden,which he manages since 1879.
Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Also within walking distance of our hotel, one of the most important centers of research in astronomy and astrophysics in the world, « the Observatory of Paris« . Some of the buildings are classified as « Historic Monuments« and has many scientific instruments of exceptional value. In addition to the gardens, visitors have access to the Perrault building with the Council Chamber and its gallery of portraits of directors between 1668 and 1960, the Grand Gallery and its collection of geodetic and astronomical instruments, the majestic Cassini hall split in the middle by the meridian line of France, the upper terrace with a remarkable view of Paris and the Dome Arago in which the visitor can admire the large telescope (1854). In the gardens are accessible to observation two instruments: the equatorial map of Heaven (1876) and the meridian telescope (1877).
Most unexpected and a few metro stops from the Apostrophe: « The Freyssinet hall « an enourmous railway building dating from the inter-war years. The old hall courier freight from Paris-Austerlitz station still impresses with its monumental 310 meters long, 72 meters wide and 16 meters high. Work of engineer Eugene Freyssinet, great theorist of pre-stressed concrete, the hall is open exceptionally during the European Heritage Days. Combining historical Paris, who campaigned for its preservation during a development project area, offers guided tours of the site, including making you discover the abandoned part of the market, rarely open to the public . These will allow you to become aware of the historical, architectural and technical a registered as historical monuments since February 2012 building.
Hours : sat-sun 14h-16h
Free on reservation
Telephone : 01 48 87 74 71 ou 06 52 85 93 23
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Finally, just the other side of the Luxembourg Gardens, the famous Odeon Theatre, which was the first room « a la Italianne » in Paris. The Odeon was burned twice in 1799 and 1818, changed hands on numerous occasions, but it is the Europe theater since 1990 and was completely renovated between 2002 and 2006. Among the great figures who have made the Odeon include Talma, Frederick Lemaitre, Sarah Bernhard, André Antoine, Firmin Gémier, Jean-Louis Barrault, Giorgio Strehler …
There are of course a multitude of tours this weekend in September and you can find it by visiting : http://www.journeesdupatrimoine.culture.fr/