An historical building in the Parisian suburb of Courbevoie, most recently used as a gardener's "shack", was nearly destroyed and sold in pieces. Fortunately, it was rescued and has now been restored to its former glory. It is referred to as the "Little Taj Mahal of France" but officially it is the Pavillon des Indes (Pavilion of India.)
|The Pavillion housed in the Exhibition hall in 1878|
The future King of England (King Edward VII) wanted to showcase the precious objects and jewels he'd brought back from a trip to India in 1876.
|The Pavilion of India in the turn of the century neighborhood|
Now, this historical property has been renovated at a cost of 2.5 million Euros. The pavilion's director, Emanuelle Trief-Touchard explains “It’s a vision that we had of India, of the far-east, at that time. We’ve freely mixed the styles, forms and colour to give an idea of the exoticism at the end of the 19th century.”
|The Restored Pavilion of India|
If you want to visit this piece of colonial history, you must reserve a place as only 15 people at a time are allowed to tour the building. To do this, call 01 71 05 77 92.
For more information, here is the official page (at the moment): http://www.ville-courbevoie.fr/culture-loisirs/equipements/pavillon-des-indes.htm. It's in French so you may want to translate it.
You'll find the schedule for visits as well as amazing photos and a video (in French) about the renovation project.
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