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Everything you need to know about the Hôtel national des Invalides

Embodying the essence of French military grandeur, the Hôtel national des Invalides attracts thousands of visitors each year. Discover French military history through this emblematic monument with its many secrets and precious treasures. Relive centuries of military glory at the Hôtel national des Invalides .The history of the Hôtel des InvalidesThe history of Les Invalides stretches over several centuries, but its primary mission as a hospital-hospice will never cease to be respected.The birth of the Hôtel des InvalidesLes Invalides was created in 1670, at the request of Louis XIV. The objective was to provide a place of welcome for the “ crippled, old and decrepit officers and soldiers of our troops”. Built on the model of La Salpêtrière, the site then became a hospice, a hospital, a barracks, and even a monastery , and accommodated up to 1,500 residents.In 1674, after several years of work, the historic monument was erected perpendicular to the Seine, and is made up of a central pavilion, a forecourt, a royal courtyard and a church. On each side of the courtyard, we find the refectory, while the dormitory is located in the buildings forming square courtyards.In 1678, the soldiers’ church opened its doors. It was not until 1706 that the royal church was inaugurated.From the French Revolution to 1830: commemorating French victoriesIn 1793, the Saint-Louis des Invalides church began to house all the flags taken from the enemy during various battles. Under the First Empire, more than 1,500 flags and trophies were placed in the Temple of Mars, before everything was destroyed on March 30, 1814, during the Battle of Paris. From 1830, all the trophies were placed directly in the crypt of the Invalides church, or in the Invalides museum.The vocation of the Invalides necropolisFrom 1800, Napoleon I decided to transform the place into a necropolis, first with the tomb of Marshal Turenne exposed in the royal church, followed by the heart of Vauban. Napoleon’s tomb was itself installed under the dome of the Invalides in 1861. From 1853, the royal chapel, which became the imperial mausoleum , was separated from the soldiers’ church, with the installation of a large glass roof.From the hospital institution to the national education museumAfter 1870, the number of residents became fewer, while the monument saw the creation of two museums: the Historical Museum of the Army and the Artillery Museum. These two museums merged in 1905 to become the Army Museum . Then follow the Museum of Plans – Reliefs and the Museum of Order and Liberation.What to do at the Hôtel des Invalides?Located in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, the Hôtel des Invalides covers 11,000 m² of permanent exhibition and 600 m² of temporary exhibition. There is therefore no shortage of discoveries in this high place of the French Republic.The dome of the InvalidesUntil the construction of the Eiffel Tower, the Invalides dome remained the tallest building in Paris. Built by the architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart, at the request of Louis XIV, it wonderfully reflects the extravagance of the Sun King, with the numerous gilding.Under the Revolution, the dome became the temple of the god of war, Mars , and in 1800, Napoleon transformed it into a pantheon of military glories . Today, you can discover the tomb of Napoleon I, the mausoleum of Vauban, as well as the graves of L’Aiglon (Napoléon II), Marshal Foch, Jérôme and Joseph Bonaparte, and Marshal Lyautey.Unusual officesThe two unusual cabinets are new spaces. One is dedicated to scale models of artillery pieces and collections of old figurines (lead, paper and tin soldiers), while the other is dedicated to the history of old musical instruments.The Museum of Order and LiberationCreated by General de Gaulle in 1967, the Museum of Order and Liberation honors the soldiers who contributed to the liberation of France during the Second World War. We discover the exceptional destinies of the Companions of the Liberation, recounting the internal Resistance, Free France and deportation.The Charles de Gaulle HistorialThe Charles de Gaulle historial retraces the journey of the founding President of the Fifth Republic, through an audiovisual and interactive experience. The visitor then discovers the major role and the various actions of the leader of France which marked the century.Saint-Louis CathedralDedicated to King Louis IX, called Saint-Louis after his canonization, Saint-Louis Cathedral is dedicated to the Trinity. This soldiers’ church will then be completed by the royal chapel, so that everyone can attend the same masses, without using the same access points.Under the vault of the soldiers’ church, there are numerous war trophies and enemy flags.In 1986, the Saint-Louis des Invalides church became the cathedral of the diocese to the French armies . Today, masses continue to be celebrated there, and every year, the Saison musicale des Invalides organize concerts there.The Ancient Weapons and Armor DepartmentThe Ancient Arms and Armor department houses one of the largest European collections of arms and armor dating from the 13th to 17th centuries. We therefore discover the evolution of warrior equipment, and the major place that weapons and armor have always held in aristocratic societies and in cities, particularly in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.The Museum of Plans – ReliefsThe Plans-Reliefs museum at the Hôtel des Invalides brings together 28 models of fortified towns, made between 1668 and 1875. The museum was created following the request of Louis XIV’s minister of war to create a model of the town from Dunkirk. These relief plans were then used to develop military strategies, and represent the symbol of control of the territory.The Louis XIV – Napoleon departmentThe Louis _ There we discover soldiers’ uniforms, weapons, luxury pieces, decorations, and even the personal effects of Napoleon Bonaparte and his marshals.The Department of the Two World WarsThe Department of the Two World Wars traces the history of the French army from 1871 to 1945, and in particular the two great world conflicts. There are thousands of objects there, ranging from uniforms to models, from weapons to everyday objects.Visit the Hôtel national des Invalides: practical informationThe Hôtel des Invalides is open every day , from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and offers a late night, the 1st Friday of each month, until 10 p.m.The entrance ticket costs €15 , with the possibility of benefiting from a reduced price of €12, or free entry, depending on conditions. The ticket gives access:To permanent collections;At the Dome Church;At the tomb of Napoleon I;At the current temporary exhibition;At the Plans-Reliefs museum;At the Museum of the Order of the Liberation.Good to know: the PARIS MUSEUM PASS allows access to all these spaces without going through the ticket office.Testimony to the military power of France, the Hôtel national des Invalides is a historic monument not to be missed during your stay in Paris. Book your room now at the Hôtel du Cadran , and enjoy an ideal location just a stone’s throw from the Invalides and the Eiffel Tower.

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Visit Paris at night: follow our guide!

Paris at night offers a completely different experience than during the day. In the twilight, the illuminated streets and monuments plunge the capital into an almost magical atmosphere. To live this unique Parisian experience, discover our guide for a nighttime tour of Paris .Treat yourself to a dinner – cruise on the SeineA trip by riverboat or barge on the Seine is the perfect opportunity to discover all the most beautiful monuments of Paris, while letting yourself be carried by the waves. At night, the visit takes a completely different turn, more unusual, romantic and magical. Before your eyes all the illuminated monuments gradually appear, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Orsay Museum, the Louvre Museum, or the Alexandre III Bridge. All you have to do is live in the moment, enjoying a delicious meal on a barge, or simply enjoying a night cruise .Climb the Eiffel Tower at nightBy day, the legendary Eiffel Tower offers you an endless panorama of the capital and its surroundings. At night, the Iron Lady adorns herself in her most beautiful finery to offer you a completely different experience. The hundreds of LEDs guide you to the top, where you will discover a breathtaking view of the lights of Paris. And if you are present when one hour changes to another, you will have the chance to live the immersive experience of the twinkle of the tower . Enough to put stars in your eyes and feel particularly privileged, protected by the imposing metal structure.Take advantage of the view and the calm and peaceful atmosphere to treat yourself to a glass of Champagne at the top of the Eiffel Tower at night .Grab tickets for a show at the Moulin RougeThe Moulin Rouge is probably the most famous cabaret in the world. Inaugurated during the Belle Époque, this theater has never stopped entertaining Parisians and tourists with magical shows . The greatest artists have graced the stage of this cultural mecca, from Frank Sinatra to Liza Minelli, from the greatest jugglers to admirable dancers.Treat yourself to a place for a show or dinner at the Moulin Rouge , and discover the excitement of Parisian nights, in the legendary and dynamic Montmartre district.Discover the other cabarets in ParisIf the Moulin Rouge is the benchmark for nighttime festivities in Paris, there are many other cabarets that could appeal to you just as much. In the evening, Paris puts on its festive clothes and offers you a whole entertaining program, from the most magical to the most astonishing.The Crazy Horse : a true Parisian institution, the Crazy Horse is a cabaret where you will find hilarious, sometimes crazy shows. The place is best known for its pretty young women, scantily clad and all in sequins;Le Paradis Latin : this other Parisian cabaret was built by Gustave Eiffel and offers shows and dinners on the theme of poetry, humor, but also sometimes lust.Good to know: if you are planning to stay in Paris and want to attend one of these magnificent shows, it is strongly recommended to book your tickets in advance.Live the unique experience of a night visit to the Louvre MuseumVisiting the Louvre Museum is one of the must-sees during a stay in Paris. There we discover the masterpieces of the greatest artists from around the world, from Antiquity to the 19th century. And if the museum opens its doors every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., you can also treat yourself to the incredible experience of visiting the Louvre at night , during the nocturnal events. Two days a week, the most visited museum in Paris only closes its doors at 9:45 p.m. This is the opportunity to enjoy the place without the usual crowds of the day, and to discover a new perspective on the works, only illuminated by artificial lights.Opéra Garnier at night: visit the premises or attend a performanceFamous theater which inspired the work of the “Phantom of the Opera”, the Garnier operais an emblematic monument of the cultural life of Paris. In winter, when the sun sets early, you may decide to visit before closing time to experience the ostentatious decorations and sublime architecture at night.Your nighttime experience at the Opéra Garnier can also be done in another way: by attending a performance. Many plays and dance performances are regularly organized, and the last performance of the day then allows you to access the monument at night.Visit Paris by night by busAfter walking the streets of Paris all day, it’s nice to be able to rest a little in the evening. This doesn’t mean you should stop exploring. For this, night bus tours are perfect! Comfortably installed, you stroll through the lit streets of Paris, and set off to meet the most beautiful monuments at night : Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, Pont Neuf… In just 30 minutes, the Night tourist bus offers you a magical experience and an unforgettable memory of the best places in the capital.You can even have fun making the journey during the day, then at night, to discover the two faces of Paris.Discover the Parisian nights of the Latin QuarterThe Latin Quarter , south of the Île de la Cité, is probably the ideal place to enjoy Parisian night life. This dynamic district is also renowned for its jazz concerts , which immerse the streets in a festive musical atmosphere. Then discover the different live music programs, such as Le Petit Journal, a jazz club from the 50s, near the Luxembourg Gardens, but also Le Caveau de la Huchette, a great classic of Parisian jazz, or Le Caveau des Oubliettes, a small jazz, soul and blues bar.Did you know Paris by day? A night visit will reveal another side of this tumultuous city. From romantic dinners on the Seine to the crazy atmosphere of cabarets, let your desires guide you during your visit to Paris at night .

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The best spots to see the Eiffel Tower

When visiting Paris, going to see the Eiffel Tower is usually at the top of the list of things to do. But to be sure to have a perfect perspective on this immense tower, going there is not necessarily the best idea. Here are some ideas of the best spots to see the Eiffel Tower .Stay at the foot of the Eiffel TowerBefore walking away and taking a step back to have a beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower, it is above all interesting to go near it. At its feet, you will become aware of the immensity of this imposing metal structure. On the square in front of the Eiffel Tower , in the center of the 4 feet, have fun trying to see its summit. This surreal and magical vision will make you feel like a speck of dust compared to the majesty of this iconic monument.Treat yourself to a picturesque view during a cruise on the SeineThe Bateau-Mouche ride on the Seine is undoubtedly one of the most “cliché” tourist attractions in Paris, but it is also the best solution for enjoying breathtaking views of all the most beautiful monuments of the center of the capital without getting tired. Comfortably installed on a barge or a riverboat, all you have to do is enjoy the scenery, which will gradually reveal the Orsay Museum, the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral, the Louvre Museum, the Alexandre III Bridge …and the Eiffel Tower!From the Seine, the unobstructed view of the Iron Lady will never be so beautiful and picturesque.Enjoy a clear view from MontmartreTo enjoy beautiful things, you sometimes have to know how to move away from them and take a step back. Then head to the Montmartre district , where you can admire a postcard setting with the Eiffel Tower in your sights. To deserve this panorama, you will have to climb to the top of the Butte Montmartre. Along the cobbled streets, you could already see the Iron Lady in the distance. But it is at the very top, on the square in front of the Sacré-Coeur basilica , that the view will be the most beautiful. In the middle of the urban landscape and historical monuments, the Eiffel Tower is there, as prestigious and elegant as ever.Climb to the top of the Montparnasse towerTo be able to admire the 324 meter high Parisian monument, why not get up high? At the top of the Montparnasse Tower , the only skyscraper in Paris, you will have an incredible and unique view of the Eiffel Tower. From the top of the 56th floor, you will try to get up to this sublime historical monument, and you will be treated to a breathtaking panorama.On the ground, the Parisian landscape unfolds beneath your feet and leads you up to the tower, all with a completely unobstructed view, considered by many Parisians as the best spot to see the Eiffel Tower .Go to the Trocadéro esplanadeEquipped with your camera, are you looking for a perfect spot to admire the Eiffel Tower and take pretty photos? Place du Trocadéro is the ideal place for this. From the immense esplanade, the Trocadéro gardens extend as far as the eye can see as far as the Seine, before arriving at the feet of the Iron Lady. Near the Palais de Chaillot, you will then have plenty of time to admire the monument in a completely open setting, and you can even enjoy a moment of relaxation by sitting at the table in the restaurant of the Musée de l’Homme, to a lunch or dinner with the Eiffel Tower in the background .Climb the Arc de TriompheEnjoy a stroll along the Avenue des Champs Élysées to get to the Arc de Triomphe . This monument, honoring French military victories, offers access to its summit. By climbing the 284 steps of the building, you will find yourself facing a breathtaking view of the most beautiful avenue in the world. Basically, as majestic as ever, the work of Gustave Eiffel stands out and puts stars in your eyes.Take a ride on the Ferris Wheel in the Tuileries gardensSince the 2000s, the Big Wheel has been regularly installed on the Place de la Concorde. In recent years, it has migrated to the Tuileries garden, particularly during the Christmas market. If you have the chance to see it during your stay in Paris, take the opportunity to discover a 360° panorama of the capital . At night, the experience is even more magical, and allows you to see the City of Lights from a new, more intimate and wonderful angle. In the distance, the sparkling Eiffel Tower will fulfill all your desires with magic.Cross the Bir Hakeim bridgeFavorite spot for photographers and directors, the Bir Hakeim bridge is another magical place to admire the Eiffel Tower. Above the Seine, the sublime architecture of the bridge offers an incredible setting for observing the beauty of the Iron Lady and taking pretty photos. We then forget about the traffic, and enjoy an exceptional moment in the heart of Paris.Go see the Eiffel Tower from our 4-star hotel!All these incredible places to admire the Eiffel Tower make you dream? To make sure you don’t miss any, book your hotel room at Le Cadran now . Our 4-star hotel, in the 7th arrondissement, is ideally located near the Iron Lady and all the magical spots to observe and take photos of her.You will then only have to walk a few meters to greet the great lady as soon as you wake up, or before going to sleep. What could be more magical to soak up the picturesque atmosphere of Paris?To recover from your emotions, how about a moment of relaxation? The spa & well-being area of the Cadran hotel offers you that moment of relaxation that you will need after hours of visiting one of the most beautiful cities in the world.The Eiffel Tower always arouses strong emotions, and many are ready to travel miles to enjoy the most beautiful views of this famous monument. From Montmartre to the Trocadéro, discover all the spots in Paris with a view of the Iron Lady , by staying at the Cadran Hotel in the 7th arrondissement.

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Beaupassage: highly gastronomic event in Paris 7

Located in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, Beaupassage is an open-air space entirely devoted to gastronomy. Take the time to stroll through the heart of this exclusively pedestrian passage, and let yourself be tempted by the best addresses from the greatest chefs in France.Beaupassage, the temple of gastronomy in the 7th arrondissement of ParisLocated between rue de Grenelle, rue du Bac and boulevard Raspail, Beaupassage is a 10,000 m² open-air passageway devoted to gastronomy and art. The premises are designed with elegant green spaces, gourmet restaurants and magnificent living spaces, all embellished with some hand-picked works of art.This pedestrian crossing is then a place to stroll away from the hustle and bustle of Paris, where it is pleasant to walk, drink a coffee on the terrace, or feast at the best Parisian restaurants.Also enjoy an exceptional view of Paris from the restaurants of the Eiffel TowerThe good gourmet addresses of BeaupassageIf you like to stroll through Beaupassage to admire the works of Marc Vellay, Stefan Rinck, or even Eva Jospin, you can’t resist the urge to go and taste the delicious dishes of the starred chefs of this chic passage.L’Allénothèque: restaurant, wine cellar and art galleryYannick and Laurence Alléno offer us a friendly, unique and chic place where a restaurant, an art gallery and a wine cellar are brought together on 3 floors. On the ground floor, the Allénothèque restaurant accommodates up to 50 guests, but it is above all the large terrace in the interior courtyard which offers a pleasant setting for discovering the refined cuisine of starred chef Yannick Alléno . In the basement, a magnificent wine cellar presents more than 700 references of the best wines from France and elsewhere.The Pierre Hermé CaféKnown throughout the world, pastry chef Pierre Hermé is expanding his offering with a chic and gourmet tea and coffee room in Beaupassage. In a decor designed by Laura Gonzalez, you can sit in the dining room or on the terrace to eat some treats and drink a coffee. Several offers allow you to enjoy yourself at any time of the day: breakfast, lunch, tea time…Thierry Marx’s bakeryIf you’re used to stopping at the bakery to simply buy a baguette, chef Thierry Marx’s bakery offers you a whole bread experience. Made from organic flours and worked according to ancient traditions, the famous chef’s baguettes convey true ethical values and the deep convictions of Thierry Marx.Ideal for a gourmet break, this fast food spot also offers tasty street food, pastries and pastries.Daily Pic, Anne-Sophie Pic’s gourmet canteenThe French chef with 3 Michelin stars, Anne-Sophie Pic, has set up shop at Beaupassage, and offers gourmets classic and creative dishes highlighting the importance of eating well every day. The originality of the Daily Pic ? Offer gourmet jars to eat on site or take away, for a high-end street food version.From sweet to savory, you can enjoy yourself on the terrace, or take your jar wherever you want.Mersea, the marine street food of Oliver BellinWith 2 stars to his credit, Breton chef Olivier Bellin is setting up at Beaupassage with an innovative concept: a street food restaurant focused on seafood . In the dining room or on the terrace, you will enjoy homemade cuisine based on fresh, seasonal products. But the experience doesn’t stop there, and you will also have plenty of time to taste the homemade cocktails and incredibly tasty desserts.Alexandre Polmard’s butchery-restaurantAlexandre Polmard’s butcher shop-restaurant concept highlights fresh meats and charcuterie. On the ground floor, the store allows you to buy the best butchery in Paris, while on the first floor, the restaurant is almost entirely devoted to beef . From steak tartare to prime rib, from terrines to sausages, meat lovers will be in paradise.% Arabica, the coffee bar by Junichi Ymaguchi% Arabica is an address in Beaupassage not to be missed if you love coffee. World champion barista Junichi Ymaguchi has set up his coffee bar there to introduce his customers to the best in roasting. In a refined design, come and have a tasty and friendly coffee break in this coffee temple.La Fromagerie by Nicole BarthélémyThe best cheeses in Paris are undoubtedly at Fromagerie Barthélémy , in the 7th arrondissement of Paris. With over 50 years of know-how, the cheesemaker travels the French countryside in search of the best cheeses, for our greatest pleasure.The Champion Spirit Rive Gauche by Abdoulaye FadigaA healthy lifestyle involves diet, but also physical activity. We then find at Beaupassage the ideal spot for doing sports and taking care of yourself : the Champion Spirit . Fitness trainer Abdoulaye Fadiga offers a unique concept with weight training, boxing ring, athletics track, but also muesli bar, sauna and yoga and pilates classes.Between two tours of Paris and its monuments, Beaupassage offers you a unique and refined experience to enjoy every day from 7 a.m. to midnight.

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Everything you need to know about the Eiffel Tower at night

When the sun sets over Paris, the capital begins to shine. The historic monuments and dynamic streets light up, to the delight of Parisians and tourists. But, when the evening comes, it is above all the Eiffel Tower which attracts all the attention and puts stars in the eyes. Let’s discover all the secrets of the Eiffel Tower at night .The sparkle and lighting of the Iron LadySince its construction by Gustave Eiffel, on the occasion of the Universal Exhibition of 1889, the Eiffel Tower has benefited from beautiful lighting. Even today, the monument at night is exceptionally beautiful.Light on the Eiffel Tower: from gas to electricityWhen it was built, the Eiffel Tower was lit by external gas-powered projectors. On the evening of the inauguration of the famous monument, more than 10,000 gas burners are lit and highlight the Iron Lady.Ten years later, electricity replaces gas, and more than 5,000 light bulbs are integrated into the metal structure, and no longer outside. The objective is then to facilitate access to the Eiffel Tower at night, but also to highlight the elegant structure of the monument. From this date, several types of lighting are temporarily set up for various events.On December 31, 1985, the Iron Lady put on her golden dress , on the occasion of a major restoration of the monument and its lighting. And in 2000, for the change of the millennium, the new lighthouse and the sparkles were unveiled to the public. The program was intended to be temporary, but it will become an important daily event in Paris.Flickering and lighting: timesNothing is more magical in Paris than admiring the Eiffel Tower lit and sparkling every evening. To be able to take advantage of it, it is better to be informed of the lighting times.Every evening, the golden lighting turns on as soon as night falls , thanks to light sensors. The Eiffel Tower then sparkles for 5 minutes at the start of each hour . So, if the sun sets at 8:20 p.m., the Iron Lady will light up a pretty yellow color in the 10 minutes that follow, and the first flicker will take place at 9 p.m.As for the Eiffel Tower lighthouse, it lights up and starts rotating at the same time as the lighting, at nightfall.As part of the City of Paris’ plan for energy sobriety, all the lights in the Eiffel Tower turn off at 11:45 p.m. The last flicker therefore takes place at 11 p.m.Good to know: in summer, the Eiffel Tower is open until 12:45 a.m. The lighting and the lighthouse therefore turn off at 1 a.m., and the last sparkle continues to shine, alone, for 5 minutes.What is the electricity consumption of the Eiffel Tower lighting?The energy expenditure of the Eiffel Tower has been a major concern for several years now. Thus, in 2004, the electrical power of the 336 projectors was reduced by 40%, representing 4% of the total energy consumption of the monument.As for flickering, already in 2008, the duration of illumination was reduced from 10 to 5 minutes, to reduce its ecological footprint. The energy consumption of the 20,000 xenon bulbs remains very low, representing only 0.4% of the tower’s energy costs . These figures have also fallen further with the energy sobriety plan, since nighttime flickering now stops at 11 p.m.Since 2016, the energy performance of the Eiffel Tower’s lighting has only improved, with a reduction in energy consumption of 9% per year on average.The Iron Lady LighthouseFrom the inauguration in 1889, a lighthouse was installed at the top of the Eiffel Tower, with the aim of illuminating the main monuments of Paris , such as the Arc de Triomphe, the Opéra Garnier, or the Louvre Museum. Later, in 1947, light beams were used for aerial navigation. Today, the lighthouse remains a universal and symbolic landmark.The current lighthouse of the monument was inaugurated on the occasion of the “Top of the year 2000”. It is made up of 2 electrical harnesses with a range of 80 km .Discover the Eiffel Tower at nightDepending on the time of year, the Iron Lady is open in the evening, and allows you to enjoy a unique experience of Paris by night.What to do during a night visit?At the end of the day and in the evening, the Eiffel Tower takes on another look, thanks to the pretty golden color of its lighting. You can then visit the monument as during a daytime visit, but we advise you to take the stairs . The illuminated structure then offers you a unique experience, in an almost intimate atmosphere.If you are lucky enough to come at the end of the day, go up to the top floor, to the champagne bar, to enjoy a small glass of champagne while admiring the sunset. And for a romantic dinner with a view of Paris by night, you can reserve a table at Madame Brasserie, on the 1st floor, or at the starred restaurant Jules Verne, on the 2nd floor.Experience the sparkle intenselyTo fully enjoy the beauty of the tower’s sparkle during a nighttime visit, you will need to watch your watch, to be there early , after dark. Then, to be in the heart of the sparkles, we advise you to go to the 2nd floor . Golden lights will shine all around you, and you only need to look up to admire the monument’s glittering spire.If you want to enjoy a beautiful view of Paris at night, or if you are curious to discover the lighthouse in operation, then we suggest going to the top of the tower.Photograph the Eiffel Tower at nightWould you like to forever engrave the memory of this magical evening near the golden light of the Eiffel Tower? Please note that it is not at all forbidden to photograph or film the nighttime lighting of the Iron Lady . You can even share your memories on social networks.On the other hand, for professionals, the law is different. Indeed, the golden lighting and the sparkles are protected by copyright , and to use the image of the tower, you will need authorization. To do this, you will need to contact the Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel.Visiting the Eiffel Tower during the day or at night are two completely different experiences. At nightfall, the golden lighting of the monument makes the visit magical and unforgettable.Learn more about the history of the Eiffel Tower

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Organize a romantic weekend in Paris

Considered the city of love, Paris attracts all romantics. It must be said that the setting is perfect for walking hand in hand and sharing a magical moment with your loved one. From the top of the Eiffel Tower, in charming little streets, or near historical monuments worthy of fairy tales, Paris is the ideal destination for a romantic weekend . So as not to miss any of the most romantic sites, we help you organize your stay in Paris .   Take a stroll in Montmartre Fans of romantic comedies have probably seen the Montmartre district on the small and big screen. With its bohemian atmosphere and charming streets, the place is ideal for a romantic stroll. Then follow our route to the heart of Montmartre. The Basilica of the Sacred Heart Let’s immediately get to the heart of the matter by starting the walk with one of the most romantic historical monuments in Paris: the Sacré-Coeur . At the top of the Montmartre hill, the magnificent, dazzling white basilica offers a breathtaking view of Paris. Why not start your romantic getaway with a little picnic on the lawns of the square? Place du Tertre Place du Tertre was the former main square of the village of Montmartre. There is, still today, a picturesque and friendly atmosphere provided by the small restaurants, the café terraces and the traditional portrait painters. The Agile Rabbit cabaret Continue your romantic stroll to one of the oldest cabarets in Paris: the Lapin Agile . Many artists have frequented the place since the 19th century, and the cabaret is a true Montmartre institution. Dalida Square Many artists were seduced by the bohemian charm of Montmartre, and some even lived there. This is the case of Dalida , whose bronze bust can be found enthroned in the middle of the eponymous square. If you are not a fan of the singer, the charming little square remains a reference for romantic walks. The Léandre villa Far from the Haussmannian buildings, Villa Léandre is occupied by pretty, picturesque country houses. The cobbled street is one of the good addresses for a romantic getaway, as the charm of these small residences resembles a haven of peace. The Wall of I love you Let’s end this little stroll in Montmartre with the unmissable wall of I love you . This unusual work honors love by displaying 311 “I love you”, in 250 different languages, on a 40 m² wall.   Of course, Montmartre still has many surprises in store, and you can prolong the pleasure by discovering the Moulin Rouge, the Moulin de la Galette, or even the Bateau-Lavoir.   Picnic in the heart of Paris romantic activities in Paris, but to capsize the heart of your loved one, nothing is simpler than a little picnic in Paris. Prepare your basket, a small bottle of Champagne, and follow us! The Champ-de-Mars park What could be more romantic than a meal with a view of the Iron Lady? Sit on the lawn of the immense green spaces of the Champ-de-Mars , and toast your love in a postcard setting. Montsouris park In the 14th arrondissement of Paris, Montsouris park is a true green setting in the heart of Paris. Share a glass of Champagne during a romantic dinner in the park at sunset. André Citroën Park Take advantage of your romantic stay in Paris to have a picnic at the André Citroën park , in the 15th arrondissement. Less crowded than the Luxembourg Gardens or the Tuileries Gardens of the Louvre Museum, the green space offers you a peaceful setting, where people also like to gather there to practice Qi Gong or Capoeira. Monceau Park Another romantic green space, Parc Monceau is located in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. With its large pond, its Renaissance arcade and its statues, the park offers the perfect setting for a romantic picnic. The Chaumont Buttes Park The magnificent garden of Parc des Buttes Chaumont is one of the best addresses for a romantic stroll. The sloping lawns are the perfect setting for a romantic dinner, and the park stays open until 10 p.m.   Many romantic picnic spots are available in Paris, it’s up to you to find the one that will become a real favorite.   Climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower to enjoy a romantic dinner Even if it means being in Paris, you might as well do things in a big way! So go to the top of the Eiffel Tower , in the 7th arrondissement. There, several options are available to you to experience an exceptional moment with your lover.The 1st floor: the Madame Brasserie restaurant and its chef Thierry Marx invite you to enjoy a unique taste experience, with a panoramic view of the Trocadéro and the Seine; The 2nd floor: the chef of Jules Verne , Frédéric Anton, offers you the opportunity to experience an exceptional candlelit dinner . The Michelin-starred restaurant combines the good and the beautiful, with gourmet cuisine and a table at an altitude of 125 meters, with a view of Paris; The top of the Eiffel Tower: the Champagne bar ends your experience by offering you a chic and romantic setting, more than 300 meters above the ground. The perfect place to make a declaration of love!Learn more about the history of the Eiffel Tower Enjoy a superb romantic hotel in the heart of Paris To extend the dream of your romantic getaway to Paris , the Hôtel du Cadran welcomes you in a cozy and comfortable setting, a stone’s throw from the Iron Lady, in the 7th arrondissement. The boutique hotel thinks of even the smallest detail to make you experience an unforgettable romantic weekend : small romantic terrace, wine bar, delicious breakfast, fully equipped 4-star room… And to prolong these moments of happiness and recover from your emotions, how about a moment of relaxation in the spa and well-being area of the 4-star hotel ? Head to Building 2, where a jacuzzi and sauna await you.   Paris is the dream destination for all lovers. For a marriage proposal, a birthday, or just to enjoy your love, the Hôtel du Cadran welcomes you in a romantic and soothing setting, in the heart of the 7th arrondissement. All you have to do is choose the places in Paris to visit as a couple .      

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The whole history of the Eiffel Tower

Since 1889, the Eiffel Tower has gradually become the timeless emblem of Paris. Attracting millions of visitors each year, it still amazes and represents French art and innovation at its most ambitious. The Hôtel du Cadran team will tell you more about the history of the Eiffel Tower .   The origins of the Eiffel Tower Installed in the heart of the capital for more than 130 years, the Eiffel Tower, also called the Iron Lady, is one of the most visited monuments in the world . However, his project was not always unanimous. Let’s trace its history. The birth of the Eiffel Tower construction project It all began at the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1889 . A few years ago, a competition was launched by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce to choose the engineer who will have the chance to exhibit his work in the heart of Paris, during this international event. The ambition is to build a 300 meter high tower to celebrate the centenary of the French Revolution. No fewer than 107 architects participated in the competition, and the project by Gustave Eiffel, Émile Nouguier and Maurice Koechlin was selected. The construction of the tallest tower in Paris began in 1887, requiring high-performance and revolutionary techniques, and involving more than 300 workers. The Eiffel Tower was quickly considered a technical feat, as the constraints were so severe (proximity to the Seine, violent winds at height, etc.). The unique characteristics of the Eiffel Tower The ambitions of Émile Nouguier, Gustave Eiffel and Maurice Koechlin were obvious: to surprise visitors and mark history with a unique architectural work. For this, the construction of the Iron Lady relies on numerous details and characteristics that make all the difference. The 5 elevators of the Eiffel Tower At the opening of the Universal Exhibition, the first curious people had to show courage and patience to climb to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. In fact, 674 steps are necessary to achieve this goal. But from the 10th day of the event, Gustave Eiffel announced the commissioning of elevators allowing access to the different floors without any effort. Good to know: for security reasons, access to the summit is only possible on foot, and remains closed to the public. At the time, installing an elevator was a real feat, especially on such a high tower, and for so many passengers at a time. Of the 4 original elevators, only 2 remain today, and are a true testimony to the genius of Gustave Eiffel. From now on, 3 elevators are accessible by visitors to go up from the Eiffel Tower square to the second floor , one elevator only serves the Jules Verne gourmet restaurant, and one elevator is reserved for tower staff. Anecdote: welcoming millions of visitors, the elevators of the Eiffel Tower travel the equivalent of 103,000 kilometers per year (or 2.5 times around the Earth)! Restaurants at the Eiffel Tower At the inauguration of what is today one of the greatest historical monuments in France, the Eiffel Tower has 4 restaurants , all located on the 1st floor. Each features a themed cuisine, such as French cuisine, Alsatian cuisine and Russian cuisine. In 1937, on the occasion of the new Universal Exhibition, these establishments were destroyed, making way for two new brands. These will then be renovated and renamed in the 1980s, until the reunification of the two restaurants which will create a huge brasserie, Altitude 95 . In 1983, the second floor also welcomed the gourmet restaurant “Jules Verne” , which quickly became a Michelin-starred restaurant, today run by chef Frédéric Anton. Today, Altitude 95 is now called Madame Brasserie and is masterfully managed by chef Thierry Marx. Maintenance of the Eiffel Tower The Eiffel Tower was built from puddled iron, a material of incredible strength. But that doesn’t stop her from needing a makeover from time to time. The objective is then to protect all metal parts and pylons from rust and pollution . For this, Gustave Eiffel expressly estimated that maintenance every 7 years would be necessary. Since then, the Eiffel Tower has been completely repainted every 7 years . Since the first universal exhibition, it has been repainted 19 times, in 8 different shades, ranging from red brown to Venice red, including brown ocher. Today, the tower has regained its historic color, yellow-brown. For the workers working on the Eiffel Tower, the painting is also an incredible feat, since 250,000 m² of surface area has to be covered. This requires around fifty professionals, more than 60 tons of paint and 55 kilometers of survival line to ensure everyone’s safety! This major undertaking is also an opportunity to check the good condition of the metal structure. Good to know: repainting the Eiffel Tower requires between 18 months and 3 years of work. As soon as the work is finished, we already have to start again!   The Eiffel Tower through time The popular success that Gustave Eiffel’s work enjoys today has not always been there, and the threat of destruction has long weighed on it. Today, it is fully part of French heritage, and the square-based tower is not about to be dislodged. A source of inspiration for artists A symbol of modernity and avant-garde, the Eiffel Tower has always inspired artists , since the first universal exhibition. From Alexandre Dumas fils to Charles Trenet, via Louis Lumière, there is no shortage of tributes to the building, whether through painting, poetry, literature, or even cinema. It is also the 7th art which has allowed the Eiffel Tower to become the symbol of France throughout the world, and to attract all these curious visitors today. But if we had to choose only one artistic feat particularly symbolizing the Eiffel Tower, we would without hesitation choose pyrotechnics . Since 1888, the Iron Lady has been the starting point for numerous pyrotechnic shows, including the very famous fireworks on July 14 , and the New Year’s fireworks. Scientific experiments and the Eiffel Tower Initially considered a simple temporary work of art, the Eiffel Tower was to be destroyed 20 years after the Universal Exhibition. This was without taking into account the popular success that it immediately met with and the ingenuity of Gustave Eiffel. The latter, to bring interest to his architectural project for all, and thus avoid its destruction , decided to place it at the service of science . Its height thus made it possible to diversify its functions:Meteorological and astronomical observation post; Headquarters for scientific and physical experiments; Strategic observation post (especially during the Second World War);The scientists quickly understood the benefit of having a 312 meter high tower at their disposal, and the equipment of multiple installations : lightning rod, barometer, anemometer, radio and television transmitters… Men of science are also honored on the facades of the tower, where a frieze bears 72 names of engineers, scientists and industrialists who have left their mark on history, including Gustave Eiffel. The illuminations of the Iron Lady In 1889, the Eiffel Tower was lit by more than 10,000 gas burners . Fortunately, advances in electricity made it possible to quickly replace them with electric bulbs, from 1900. The tower will therefore always have been lit, and the light shows will begin very early, notably during the International Exhibition of 1925, where André Citroën will manage to display his name on 3 facades of the tower. From then on, the lighting experiments will follow one another, always trying to highlight the lines of the tower. In 1985, the lighting of the Eiffel Tower experienced a major turning point, with the installation of 336 sodium lamps inside the building, today replaced by more economical and more efficient lamps. In 2000, more than 20,000 sparkling flashes were added by a mountaineering team. Since then, we have had the pleasure of seeing the Eiffel Tower sparkle every evening for 5 minutes, at the start of the hour. In 2022, as part of the energy sobriety plan, the golden lighting and the lighthouse will stop at 11:45 p.m. instead of 1 a.m., and the last flicker therefore takes place at 11 p.m. Eiffel Tower: often imitated, never equaled Today, the 300 meters high of the Eiffel Tower pales in comparison to the immense buildings built all over the world. But its success remains intact, and it even inspires many artists. The Eiffel Tower has been imitated and replicated many times , with miniatures found all over the world. The most famous replica of the Eiffel Tower is of course the Las Vegas Tower, but there are also buildings inspired by it, such as the Tokyo Tower in Japan, the Blackpool Tower in England, or the Park Tower . Chinese attraction in Shenzhen. Although it is no longer the tallest, largely dethroned by the Burdj Khalifa and its 828 meters, the Eiffel Tower remains the oldest tower member of the Federation of Great Towers of the World .   The Eiffel Tower and its impressive figures Nothing beats a few figures to understand the scale of Gustave Eiffel’s project, and the success encountered by the Eiffel Tower:10,100 tons of metal; 20,000 bulbs and 336 projectors; 2,500,000 rivets; 300 workers and 50 engineers; 5 elevators; 1665 stair steps; 120 antennas; 2 years, 2 months and 5 days of construction; 330 meters high; 7 million visitors per year…  The Hôtel du Cadran: your ideal hotel to enjoy the Iron Lady The Eiffel Tower is undoubtedly the flagship attraction of international tourism, and if you, like millions of visitors, want to discover the beauty of this monument, what could be better than staying nearby? The Hôtel du Cadran welcomes you in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, not far from the Eiffel Tower, for a dream stay in the center of the capital. This charming 4-star hotel has comfortable rooms which will offer you the ideal conditions to rest between two visits, or even before climbing to the top of the Eiffel Tower. And to ensure complete relaxation, how about a relaxing moment in the spa with jacuzzi and sauna at the Hôtel du Cadran? After a good night’s sleep, you will be ready to climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower , and set off to discover the riches of Paris: Arc de Triomphe, Orsay Museum, Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame de Paris. ..   You just have to stand at the foot of the Eiffel Tower to be blown away by its elegance and beauty. But it becomes even more impressive when we go into the details of its history and its construction. Take the time to stay at the Hôtel du Cadran to discover the origins of the Eiffel Tower .