In order to compensate for the absence of a large number of paintings among with a number of highlights during the renovation works, the Musée d'Orsay set up a quite important retrospective Claude Monet 1840 - 1926 at the Grand Palais from 22/09/2010 till 24/01/2011.
There are many masterpieces (nearly 170) from the Musée d'Orsay and museums all over the world. Last retrospective Monet dates from 1980 so that one can imagine that there will be crowds.
Open: Friday - Monday 9 - 22 h; Wednesday 10 - 22 h; Thursday 10 - 20 h.
Closed: Tuesday and 25/12.
Price: 12 € - Reduced: 8€. Tickets can be bought online at www.grandpalais.fr
From the Pont Alexandre III you can clearly see the impressive glass roof of the Grand Palais, which made me curious enough to follow the Avenue Winston Churchill to have a closer look at it. I really would love to see this building in the evenings when the roof is all lite up, that must be fantastic. Unfortunately my time in Paris was too limited to squeeze that, but that gives me something to look forward to on a next visit.
The Grand Palais was build at the same time as the Pont Alexandre III, in 1900 and is an impressive example of early 20th century Art Noveau. It is a large glass exhibition hall, built for the Paris Exhibition. Besides these exhibitions, the Grand Palais also hosts trade fairs and a museum: the Palais de la Découverte. Here you can discover the world of elementary and new sciences through hands-on interactive experiences.
This building was built for Paris exhibition of 1900 at the same time as Petit Palais and Pont Alexander III. It is on of the largest glass exhibition hall in the Paris. In the basement of the building there is police station which helps protect picture exhibition on show. The building was closed for 12 years for extensive restoration work after one of the glass ceiling panels fell in 1993. It reopened on Saturday 24 September 2005.
The Grand Palais or Grand Palace is built at the same time with the Petit Palais and the Pont Alexandre III. The exterior of the enormous palace is an combination of an impressive classical façade of stone and Art Nouveau ironwork. The building has an striking roof of glass and huge bronze statues of flying horses.
The large glass exhibition hall, built for the Paris Exhibition Universelle of 1900 houses the Galeries Nationales du Grna Palais. The building has been closed for 12 years for restoration work, but is reopened on in september 2005, jsut one month after I visited this place again.
The Grand Palais (Large Palace) and the Petit Palais (Small Palace) were both built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900, along with the nearby Alexandre III Bridge across the Seine.
The most unusual feature of the Grand Palais is its roof, which is a huge glass and steel dome – the largest such structure in the world, evidently, since the Crystal Palace in London burned down in 1936.
In the second half of the twentieth century the Grand Palais made a rather dismal and neglected impression, and there were structural problems caused partly by the falling level of the ground water.
In 1993 a rivet from the iron framework of the glass ceiling fell down during an exhibition. The building was closed for ten years after that, and has been elaborately restored.
One wing of the building houses a popular science museum (Palais de la Découverte) and the main part of the building is now again being used for temporary exhibitions, typically lasting four to five months.
Fourth photo: On this photo, which I took from the top of the Arch of Triumph, you can see huge glass roof of the Grand Palais.
Fifth photo: Here is a photo of the Grand Palais that I took from a cruise boat on the Seine.
Next review from January 2012: Petit Palais
Built in 1900 as an exhibition hall for the Universal Exhibition, le Grand Palais is an architectural masterpiece combining Neoclassical and Art Nouveau styles. It stands opposite its smaller sister palace, le Petit Palais, and both continue to serve as exhibition halls to the present day. After an extensive restoration project that lasted years, le Grand Palais finally reopened again in 2005. It is divided into three sections: two exhibition halls, and a permanent science and technology museum called Palais de la Découverte and is located in the rear of the building. Most of the high profile exhibitions that tour the world are hosted at le Grand Palais.
The Grand Palais (Great Palace) is a large museum complex located at the Champs-Elysees. Construction of the Grand Palais began in 1897 as part of the preparation works for the Universal Exposition of 1900, which also included the creation of the adjacent Petit Palais and Pont Alexandre III.
Open: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Late night opening: Wednesday 10 p.m.
Closed: Tuesday, 01/01, 01/05, 25/12
We ventured into an art exhibit at the Grand Palais and saw some pretty interesting modern art. Here is a picture of Mickey Mouse as you probably won't see him at Disneyland Paris. The building is beautiful and as interesting from the inside as from the outside.
The Grand Palais was originally built for the World Expo in 1900 and displays modern art. Work on it began in 1897. It measures 240 meters wide and 40 meters tall, it's a lovely building of iron, stone, and glass. The central glass dome lets in light and offers a splendid view when the lights reflect off it at night.
Even if you don't view the modern art inside, take time to view the exterior of this spectacular piece of architecture.
Not far from the statue of Charles de Gaulle, is a statue of Sir Winston Churchill. It was done in bronze by French sculptor Jean Cardot. The statue is based on a picture taken of Churchill marching down the Champs Elysses for the Liberation of Paris. It was installed near the corner of Winston Churchill Avenue and was dedicated in 1988. Queen Elizabeth was there to speak for the unveiling of the statue.
Just beside the Champs-Elysees, and on the way towards the Hotel des Invalides, you will find two charming building opposite eachother. These two buildings are the Grand Palais and the Petit Palais: the Big and Small Palace. The one at the west (closest to the Arc de Triomphe) is the Grand Palais.
The Grand Palais was built in the year 1900, for the World Exhibitions of that year. It was one big project together with the Petit Palais and the great Pont Alexandre III, the bridge crossing the Seine-river between the two palaces and the Hotel des Invalides.
The Grand Palais is mostly typical because its impressive, wide frontfacade that measures 240 metres in width and that has Ionic pillars of 20 metres of heigth. And of course because of its great roof, that is best visible from the other side of the Seine. This roof is completely made of steel and glass: providing the interior with a lot of natural light.
The Grand Palais currently is used as a exhibition hall. Mostly temporary exhibition have shown a lot of famous artworks in here already. The back of the palace, at the Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt, is used for the Palais de la Découverte. This is a museum basically ment for children, where they can learn everything about science, physics, biology and about the planets in the special planetarium.
The Grand Palais close to Pont Alexandre, has a huge glass roof and beautiful decorations. It is an imposing structure and one of the most beautiful ones in Paris. It hosts exhibitions, trade fairs, and the Palais de la Découverte where one can carry out experiments on basic laws of maths, astronomy, physics and chemistry. This palais together with the petit palais was built at the same time for the world fair of 1900. It is a combination of classical and modern architecture. In front of the building are bronze statues of flying horses.
Back on the Hop on/off Bus again, and now we are heading back along the Champs Elysees to Stop 8 at the Grand Palais.
We alighted here as there were several sights to see.
The Grand Palais (Big Palace) was built for the World Fair of 1900. The building has an enormous glass roof which we had seen in the distance on many ocassions.
I thought it a very attractive building with its classicist stone facade, art-nouveau ironwork and glass.
The Grand Palais is currently the largest existing ironwork and glass structure in the world, a title once held by London's Crystal Palace, which was lost in a fire.
The Grand Palais is a public exhibition hall and host to a variety of grand events. All types of events take place here, from antique car shows to Chanel annually hosting many of its fashion shows here.
There are actually three different areas in the Grand Palais, each with a different entrance: the Palais de la Découverte (a science museum) is at the Avenue Franklin Roosevelt, the Galeries National du Grand Palais (an exposition hall) has an entrance at the Clémenceau Square and the entrance to the Nef du Grand Palais (an event hall) is at the Avenue Winston Churchill (opposite the Petit Palais).
The Grand Palais was built by Daglone and Louvet, between 1897 and 1900, for the World's Fair. Its large metallic hall is typical of the Art Nouveau whereas the stone facade with ionics columns is in Academic style. At the corners, in the top of the building rush the bronzes groups of Recipon. Actually, the Grand Palais contains many temporary world famous exhibitions
Near the Champs Elysses is the statue of Charles De Gaulle who commanded the Free French forces in World War II and later went on to form the 5th Republic. He eventually was elected President of France.