A short distance from the 15th arrondissement in Paris, the Place du Trocadéro is one of the city's main sites for major events. This is not only due to its central position, but also due to the its proximity to major Parisian monuments like the Eiffel Tower and the Palais de Chaillot.
The name Trocadéro refers to a fort reclaimed by the French army from Spanish revolutionaries in 1823, which was followed by a military parade aiming to re-enact the battle in front of King Charles X. A cardboard fort was built on Chaillot hill for the occasion, and the army came from the neighbouring Champ de Mars to mime the event. Today the site of the Palais de Chaillot, the Place du Trocadéro still has military connotations through its monument “À la gloire de l'Armée française” (Glory to the French Army) by sculptor Landowski, and is home to the Esplanade du Trocadéro with its magnificent view over the Eiffel Tower.