In all the years that I have traveled to France and all of the times spent in Paris, I never heard of the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine in the Palais de Chaillot at Place du Trocadéro. Courtesy of the outstanding Travel to Eat blog run by Dr. Buzard, I saw an article on the facsimiles of the great French tympana from Romanesque churches.
The blog post shows castings from Moissac, Souillac, Conques, Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne, Saintes, Aulnay, Carennac, La Charité-sur-Loire, Avallon, Autun, and Cluny – all names familiar to regular readers of Via Lucis. In addition, there is a copy of the tympanum at the Basilique Sainte Madeleine in Vézelay created by the aptly-named Jacques-Ange Corbel in 1881.
Here is a link to the full article on “Travel to Eat.”
For those lucky enough to get to Paris and want to visit the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine in Paris, here is the information:
Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine
Palais de Chaillot
1 place du Trocadéro 75116 Paris
Switchboard: 01 58 51 52 00
These reproductions are found in the Galerie des moulages.