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The pavilion Arsenal: photos, description (Pavillon de l'arsenal)

The pavilion of the Arsenal of today does not have any relation to guns - it is absolutely peaceful and very interesting is not the Museum, not the information center, clearly and fascinatingly tell about the development of Paris.

Once this place is situated in gunpowder manufactory, but in 1879 was built the present building which was initially occupied by an art gallery. Then there was a utility room of the large Parisian Department store "Samaritan". In 1954 the building was bought by the city to place their archives. And in 1988, the pavilion has gained the status of a Museum of urbanism and urban architecture.

It is not surprising that such a Museum originated in Paris, through which for centuries the rolling wave of rebuilding. The city is actively being built and reconstructed at all times. Only erecting a defensive wall of Philip Augustus, he immediately was taken to demolish it, to allow expansion of the urban area. But the most striking example of urban reform - the activities of the prefect Baron Haussmann, who in just a quarter of a century managed to transform Paris from a medieval city with narrow streets into a modern metropolis.

The evolution of the city obeys certain logic. It can be understood, having stayed near giant digital layout of Paris, located on the first floor of the pavilion. Using the touch screen then you can "walk around" to inspect buildings and squares that have only planned to build. And, of course, in detail to explore how and why Paris itself reformed, as influenced by its development of political, demographic, and transport processes.

On the second floor of the Pavilion three times a year there are thematic exhibitions illustrating the narrower issues: the history of the Parisian mansions, the development of housing capital. On the third floor are exhibited the projects offered for the various architectural competitions, both national and foreign.

The pavilion is a goldmine of information for anyone who is really interested in Paris. And yet there is a great bookstore for architects - professionals and Amateurs.