e Petit Paris, a visit to the capital where Notre-Dame remains intact

Despite the fire, Notre-Dame hasn't changed a bit...

We are in Vaissac, Tarn-et-Garonne

Le Petit Paris is a miniature reproduction of 40 monuments and districts of Paris, recreated in a garden on a scale of 1/130.

Gérard Brion began building it at the age of 14.

The site has been officially open to the public since June 2002, after 14 years of work.

Gérard Brion explains that it was the opening credits of Michel Drucker's TV show, Champs Elysées, that inspired him to embark on this gigantic project.

Petit Paris didn't really become famous until after Princess Diana's tragic accident. Gérard Brion smashed a Mercedes with a hammer and dropped it near his Pont de l'Alma.

This became public knowledge and brought him enormous publicity.

From the Tuileries Gardens to the Trocadero, from Notre-Dame to the Arc de Triomphe, from Montmartre to the Eiffel Tower, you can stroll between buildings and monuments, and contemplate perspectives from the many panoramic viewpoints.

Petit-Paris can also be visited at night or at dusk. That's when you'll discover its many illuminations, from the belle époque lampposts lining the avenues to the glitter of the Eiffel Tower.

The Petit-Paris is managed by a support committee, an association under the 1901 law "Les Amis du Petit-Paris", whose aim is to safeguard the Petit-Paris and develop this unique work of art.

The site receives an average of 15,000 visitors a year.

 

Le Petit Paris

3225, Routes des Teularios,

82800 Vaissac

Tél. : 05 63 64 24 80

www.cite-capitales.com

 

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