Ponant becomes a patron for the restoration of Parisian landmark Hôtel de la Marine
The centrepiece of an ambitious urban programme, Hôtel de la Marine is a landmark of French excellence in the heart of Paris. Architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel built the building as one of two large palaces designed to adorn the royal square Place de la Concorde commissioned by Louis XV in the 18th century. Originally designed to be royal Garde-meuble, it started to be occupied by the Naval Ministry during the French Revolution, when Louis XVI and his ministers were forced to leave Versailles for Paris.
The Centre des monuments nationaux and PONANT, the world leader in luxury shipping and the only French cruise ship owner, signed on Tuesday, September 17th 2019, a patronage agreement for the restoration of the former office of the chief of staff of the Hôtel de la Marine and the realization of a mediation system entitled “the sailors’ table”.
At the heart of the restored Hôtel de la Marine, which will open in the spring of 2020, the office of the Chief of Staff will preserve the memory of its illustrious occupants.
“I am delighted that a large maritime group like PONANT has become a leading partner of the Hôtel de la Marine project, demonstrating the interest all seafarers have in this monument, linked in so many ways to the history and culture of France, “says Philippe Bélaval, President of the Centre des monuments nationaux.
The public will be able to discover the historical spaces of the Hotel de la Marine as well as the exhibition spaces dedicated to the exceptional Al Thani Collection. The Hôtel de la Marine will be a place of visit as much as a place of life and passage: bookstore, shops, restaurant, coffee, and various services will allow the monument to satisfy the tourists as well as the Parisians.