Palais de la Porte Dorée

Paris, France

Palais de la Porte Dorée


The Palais de la Porte Dorée is an exhibit hall located on the edge of the Bois de Vincennes at 293, avenue Daumesnil, 12th arrondissement of Paris, France. It now houses the Musée de l'Histoire de l'Immigration, as well as a tropical aquarium in its cellar.

The building was constructed for the Paris Colonial Exposition of 1931 to designs by French architect Albert Laprade, Léon Jaussely and Léon Bazin. It provides 16,000 m2 of exhibition and office space. External bas-reliefs (1200 m2) by sculptor Alfred Janniot portray ships, oceans, and wildlife including antelopes, elephants, zebras, and snakes. The building's bas-reliefs and interior frescoes present an idealized version of colonialism that ignores colonialism's negative impacts. The building is considered a landmark of Art Deco architecture.

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