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Saturday, 11th June,2011,evening crowds throng the gardens of Trocadero and Plais de Chaillot.This picture was taken from level 2 of Eiffel tower.

A visit to the Palais de Chaillot provides an excellent view of the Eiffel Tower on the other side of the Seine. The monumental building is also worth a visit on its own merits: it houses several museums and an aquarium.
The first structure built on the top of the hill known as Chaillot was erected for the 1878 World's Fair. Known as the Palais du Trocadero, it was a large concert hall with two wings and two towers.
Today, the Palais de Chaillot houses a number of different museums. In the south wing, there are two - the Musée de la Marine (Naval Museum) and the Musée de l'Homme (The Museum of Man). The former is a maritime-themed museum with a collection that started with artifacts belonging to Louis XV.

The Théâtre National de Chaillot is located below the esplanade. With 1,200 seats, it was the center of Parisian culture following World War II and is still a popular location for concerts and plays.
There is also an aquarium located at the Palais de Chaillot, known as Cinéaqua. The aquarium, which bills itself as 'not just an aquarium' has 43 tanks with 10.000 fish and invertebrates, a shark tunnel, and even its own movie theaters. It is housed at the lower level of the Palais de Chaillot and can be accessed via the Trocadero gardens.

At the foot of the terrace of the Palais de Chaillot lie the Trocadero gardens. The 10 hectare large gardens are laid out around a large rectangular pond. The fountain in the pond - the city's largest - is especially spectacular at night, when it is lit.

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