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This is the temple of scientific and technical knowledge and learning in Paris.

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The City of Science and Industry France
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover The City of Science and Industry

The City of Science and Industry is part of a comprehensive project involving the construction of a park and various buildings on the site of the city's former abattoirs in the La Villette district of Paris. The aim of the project is to redevelop the north-east entrance to the city. Having been launched in 1976, the project was initially intended to transform the sale room of the new abattoirs, built in 1969, but it was abandoned in 1974 in favour of the Museum of Science.

The architect highlighted the old original structure, consisting of concrete pillars covered in granite and blue steel girders, emphasizing the monumental appearance of the building by adding trenches and pools. Meanwhile, a series of greenhouse-like structures on the south side of the building lead through to the park. Alongside the main building you'll find the Geode, built by the same architect and housing a 1,000m² panoramic cinema screen.

Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie (City of Science and Industry) 30, Avenue Corentin-Cariou - 75019 Paris.

Tel.: +33 (0)1 40 05 70 00

Website: www.cite-sciences.fr

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00am to 6:00pm and Sundays from 10:00am to 7:00pm. Closed on Mondays. Metro: line 7, Porte de La Villette station. Bus: lines 75, 139, 150, 152, 249 and PC.

Paid parking available: entrance via Quai de la Charente

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The City of Science and Industry

One of the 26 follies at La Villette, The City of Science and Industry, Arts and culture, Paris, Ile de France
One of the 26 follies at La Villette

All of the follies at La Villette were created based on a cube whose sides measure 10.8m, but with no two designs alike.

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The Géode in Parc de la Villette, The City of Science and Industry, Arts and culture, Paris, Ile de France
The Géode in Parc de la Villette

This hemispherical cinema screen has a diameter of 26m and covers an area of 1000m².

© Alain Bernard / age fotostock
Beyond these doors, a world to discover, The City of Science and Industry, Arts and culture, Paris, Ile de France
Beyond these doors, a world to discover

The Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie houses a number of different spaces, including Explora, the children-oriented Cité des Enfants, an Auditorium, a planetarium, etc.

© Alain Bernard / age fotostock
The City of Science and Industry , The Argonaute, high and dry in La Villette , France
The Argonaute, high and dry in La Villette

The Argonaute is an Aréthuse class submarine that was used by the French navy from 1958 until it was disarmed on 31st July 1982.

© Alain Bernard - age fotostock
The City of Science and Industry , A close-up of the Géode , France
A close-up of the Géode

In order to build this enormous ball, the assembly process had to be accurate to the nearest tenth of a millimetre.

© Alain Bernard - age fotostock
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