Guided Historical tour of Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann

Galeries Lafayette
The company founded in Paris in December 1893 - 30 to 40 years after all its competitors - is today both an iconic store and 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 on January 15, 1894, the modest shop of novelties of 70 square meters was quickly a great success. On the facade of the building, several styles follow one another, 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 of the department store 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 built in record time and the hidden message behind the 10 coats of arms which surmount the pillars of the great hall. How does it flood this "luxurious bazaar" with a diffuse light in order to take the customer into a magical atmosphere?

You will then use the staff elevators to access the top floor, the terrace on which Jules Védrines, after flying over Paris, accomplished the feat of landing a plane in 1919. 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, inspired by that of the Opéra Garnier.
An architectural and historical visit which will make you discover more than 120 years of history of a family business that has put the energy of creation at the heart of its project.
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For preferential rates related to age, proof of identity will be required. Access may be refused in case of non compliance with the age limits.

Essential information

Vigipirate> Time for the security check during the tour is included in the visit time.
No visitors’ cloakroom.

A taste of the visit

Reviewed 15/04/2019 by Maheshak64
Histoire et création des Galeries bien retracées
Guide très sympatique
Coupole du magasin superbe
Dommage que la visite ait lieu un samedi car il y a beaucoup de monde » more

Additional informations

  • Address
    • Galeries Lafayette
    • 25 rue de la Chaussée d’Antin
    • 75009 Paris
  • Practical information
    • Disabled access
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