Place de la Porte Maillot in Paris
The Place de la Porte Maillot is really only known because of the Palais Maillot and the Palais de Congress located in a modern building nearby, but is close to the Peripherie and has a small park in its centre.
About Place de la Porte Maillot
You will find that the name Porte Maillot comes from the name of a former gate to the Bois de Boulogne, which is the second largest park in Paris and home to the Jardin d’Acclimitation, the Hippodrome de Longchamp horse racing course and the Roland Garros stadium where the French Open tennis tournament is held.
And of course, the Place de la Porte Maillot was named after this former gate, and it was first inaugurated on the 21st October 1974, which has a small park located in the centre of this large roundabout, although prior to the square with its park being put in place it only had a reference name of T/17.
It is also located very close to the Palais Maillot and the Palais de Congress, which is a modern building with a nightclub and is also a conference centre, yet the Place de la Porte Maillot is on the axis in between the Arc de Triomphe and the Grande Arche in the La Defense area of Paris, and is approximately half way between the two of these.
One of the roads meeting the roundabout around the Place de la Porte Maillot is the Avenue de la Grande Armee and another is the Avenue Charles de Gaulle plus you also have the Bd Gouvion-Saint-Cyr converging on this roundabout and little known square in Paris.
It has a grass area with trees surrounding it, and can be a rather different place for a picnic with views one way to the modern arch and views in the opposite direction to the historical arch cimmisioned by Napoleon Bonaparte I, and if you are lucky you may even see some rabbits jumping around. But you will also be able to discover a modern monument in Paris called the Monument au Marachel Koenig, which was produced by the French sculptor Albert Feraud, and you can see another of his works within the Musee de la Sculpture en Plein Air.
Visiting Place de la Porte Maillot
You will actually find that the Place de la Porte Maillot is situated within both the 16th and the 17th Arrondissements and quite aptly the nearest Metro station is the Porte Maillot stop via line 1, yet it also serves the RER trains via line C.