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Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann : Story of a Famous Parisian Shop

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    The company founded in Paris in December 1893 is today both an iconic monument of the capital, with a world-wide reputation and welcoming more than 100,000 visitors per day over an area of 70,000 square meters.

    Opened in 1894, the modest shop was quickly a great success.

    On the facade of the building, several styles demonstrating the successive enlargements of the store: Haussmann, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and the drugstore spirit of the 1960s. At the center of this unique heritage property is the neo-byzantine dome, the heart of this theater of fashion.

    This guided tour will take you through the aisles of the store, cross the emblematic spaces of the place and take the staff private elevators to the panoramic terrace.

    You will understand how the founders invented an architecture adapted to the needs of commerce. Borrowed from the architectural vocabulary of the sacred as well as that of the spectacle, the dome, the balconies and the monumental staircase turn the heads of visitors. Your guide will tell you the history of the majestic dome and the hidden message behind the 10 coats of arms which surmount the pillars of the great hall.

    You will then use the staff elevators to access the top floor. Continue your journey through the floors, discover the ingenious system of operation of the double wall of the dome and the remains of the staircase of Louis Majorelle.

    An architectural and historical visit which will make you discover more than 120 years of history of a family busine.
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    Departure Point
    Boulevard Haussmann, Paris, France
    Duration
    1h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Professional guide
    Exclusions
    • Transportation to/from attractions
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Food and drinks
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Vigipirate> Time for the security check during the tour is included in the visit time.
    • No visitors’ cloakroom.
    • Tour begins as scheduled, all latecomers risk to miss the tour. Any latecomer cannot be compensated with neither a postponement of the tour nor a refund.
    • No wheelchair access for this tour.
    • Please bring an ID card or passport as guarantee in order to use the broadcast system on the day tour. One ID card or passport per voucher required
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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