Do you know the Cité de l’architecture et du Patrimoine? Located in the Palais de Chaillot, it offers us a history of architecture from the Middle Ages to today. The portals of the most beautiful churches are reconstituted there and the models of the most masterful works of the French architects of the 19th and 20th century are displayed. Fascinating! But the most incredible and moving thing today is the presence of the rooster that used to overlook Paris, perched at the top of Violet Le Duc’s Arrow on the roof of Nôtre-Dame.
Rescued from the flames, a little dented, it has found refuge in these beautiful galleries (with a view of the Eiffel Tower and the gardens !) and is surrounded by the 12 bronze statues representing the apostles that were fortunately removed from the spire before the fire to be restored. It’s a unique opportunity to go and observe them up close. A little anecdote: while all the apostles had their heads turned towards Paris, Saint Thomas, who was made in the effigy of Violet Le Duc, is the only one to have his eyes turned towards the spire. Like the architect contemplating his work. Which we can also do today.