Thursday, 3 March 2011

1900 Universal Exposition and Village Suisse

The Eiffel Bartholdi holiday apartment is located near the Village Suisse, a major site of the 1900 Universal Exposition. The Village Suisse was a reconstructed Swiss village complete with a mountain, a pond, beehives, daily folkloric dancing and cow milking.

The Village Suisse also had the then biggest Ferris wheel ever built. With a diameter of 100 metres, the big wheel remained until 1937 when it was dismantled and the passenger cars used as shop kiosks. This later became the Village Suisse antique shopping centre we now see today.

The Universal Exposition of 1900 lasted 9 months and stretched all the way from the Champ de Mars to the Place de La Concorde and had 53 million visitors at a time when the population of France was 35 million. Difficult to image that so many visitors came during a period that pre-dated air travel.

We have written for our guests a visual guide to the 1900 Universal Exposition. This guide features period photos as well as more recent images.

Porte de Sèvres from the Universal Exposition of 1900 and now located near the Abbey de St Germain dès Prés

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