- Written by Jeweler
The French department store, visited by millions of buyers (this is the second most visited place in Paris after the Eiffel Tower) offers both luxury goods and items available for every budget. The Lafayette Gallery was opened on the corner of Rue la Fayette in the ninth arrondissement. in 1894 by two cousins: Théophile Bader and Alphonse Kahn. The store was supposed to look like a huge, luxurious bazaar and quickly became a symbol of a place where you can buy even the most extraordinary goods. Over time, the store consumed neighboring tenements, and today occupies the area of three buildings. The most beautiful spot of the Lafayette Gallery is the nouveau cupola, the colorful stained glass created in 1912 by Jacques Grüber. Around the center of the building there are 10 pillars which are decorated with coats of arms of the largest cities - textile producers. The first floor is a place for leading brands and a specially designed laboratory where the projects of rising fashion stars are shown. In addition to shops, the gallery features restaurants, hairdressers and spas, and the upper terrace offers a great view of ParisThe gallery is not only worth visiting due to great shops, but also thanks to events, such as landing of the famous pilot on the roof. The gallery makes one of the obligatory points for tourists visiting the capital of France, offering over 2.5 thousand. stores with women's and men's clothing, drugstores and stores with interior decoration.