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Palais de la Porte Dorée stands as one of the greatest Parisian Art Deco venues with its modern straight lines and geometric forms imbued with a certain classicism.

Built for the Colonial Exhibition of 1931, Palais de la Porte Dorée with its lively stone decor reflects the boldness of the period when Art Deco started to invade the world. Palais de la porte Dorée today hosts regularly exhibitions, but what really amazes the visitors is without a doubt the setting. The palace façade, in particular, is breathtakingly majestic. The aim out of this extravagantly beautiful façade with the use of bas-relief sculpture was to tell the colonial history of France.
The bas-relief is built around a central axis. Enthroned above the door, France is depicted as an allegorical figure symbolizing abundance towards which everything converges. Different names of French ports by which transited the reported products overseas are mentioned, as well as the Le Bourget airport opened in 1919.

From this central figure, the colonies are distributed to either side, depending on geographical and logical symmetry.
The colonies in North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa are discussed from left to right; those in Asia from right to left. On the east side, the colonies appear Oceania; on the west side, those of America.
The characters are sculpted profile with shoulders face, recalling the Egyptian art except France symbolically welcoming visitors with a full face.
For all Art Deco pasionates, Palais de la Porte Dorée is a must visit!