France in miniature

Last week we went to see an exhibition “France en relief” in Grand Palais. The exhibits were the relief maps, produced for military purposes 17th- end of 19th century. And even if I understand absolutely nothing in warfare I was impressed by the tiny details and scrupulous work. These maps were made of wood, carton and silk, in a separate display you could see how they were put together step by step.

I must also say some words about the Grand Palais itself. Built for the Universal Exhibition in 1900 it’s a historic monument that hosts important cultural and fashion events. It’s well known for the Nave (la Nef), the heart of the Grand Palais with a glass roof. It’s a beautiful place filled with natural light and makes you feel tiny when you are inside, just like an inhabitant of one of these miniatures.


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