Grand Palais, Paris

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3, Avenue du Général-Eisenhower, 75008, Paris 01 44 13 17 30
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    Grand Palais

    by Pieter11 Written Dec 13, 2006

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    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.

    Address: 3, Avenue du Général-Eisenhower, 75008, Paris

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    Grand Palais

    by sim1 Updated Nov 26, 2006

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    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.

    Address: Avenue du Général-Eisenhower

    Directions: Métro stop: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau or Franklin-Roosevelt
    Opposite the Petit Palace and only a few steps away from the Pont Alexandre III
    VIIIe arrondissement

    Website: http://www.rmn.fr/galeriesnationalesdugrandpalais/

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    A Golden Treat!

    by keholm2 Written Nov 25, 2006

    Beautiful find, we just wandered in here (its free) on our way to the Champes Elysees. Various exhibits are housed here, but the highlight for us was the garden inside. You can grab a quick bite at the cafe, but it wasn't great (we were just starving!)

    Address: 3, Avenue du Général-Eisenhower, 75008, Paris

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    Art Exhibit at Grand Palais

    by kathymof Written Aug 26, 2006

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    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.

    Address: 3, Avenue du Général-Eisenhower, 75008, Paris

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    Grand Palais

    by sachara Updated May 29, 2006

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    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.

    Address: 3, Avenue du Général-Eisenhower, 75008, Paris

    Directions: 8th arrondissement

    Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Palais

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    Grand Palais

    by Goner Updated Nov 11, 2004

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    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.

    Address: 3, Avenue du Général-Eisenhower, 75008, Paris

    Directions: along the Seine

    Phone: 01 44 13 17 30

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    Le Grand et Petite Palais

    by Blatherwick Written Sep 2, 2004

    I was so disappointed when I found out that these places where never palaces for Kings or Queens. They were built in 1900 for the World's Fair. It is still worth going there for the architecture and galleries.

    Address: 3, Avenue du Général-Eisenhower, 75008, Paris

    Directions: Champs Elysées-Clemenceau Metro Station

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    Grand & Petit Palais

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Sep 2, 2004

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    The Grand and Petite Palais, with their glass and steel domes, were built in 1900 for the World's Fair. They are now landmarks of Paris along the Seine near the Place de la Concorde. Despite being called "Palais" these buildings were never palaces; they have always housed museums and galleries for the public.

    Entry costs about 6 Euros. Taking a photo is free.

    Address: 3, Avenue du Général-Eisenhower, 75008, Paris

    Directions: Champs Elysées-Clemenceau Metro Station

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    The Grand Palais

    by Imbi Written Jan 3, 2003

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    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

    Address: 3, Avenue du General Eisenhower

    Directions: Metro station =: Champs-Elysées-Clémenceau

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    Grand Palais, Petit Palais and...

    by Irato Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Grand Palais, Petit Palais and Pont Alexandre III
    Grand Palais and Petit Palais were built in 1900 for the International Exhibition. And both are houses of museums and exhibitions, but check first which one are open. This year (2002) Petit Palais is closed for renovation as well as part of Grand Palais. But still Galerie Nationale and Palais de la Decouverte are open and worth a visit.
    Pont Alexandre III was built in 1900 and it’s beautiful. That’s all I know about is. You might ask why I’m talking about it. Well, because I like this bridge and because from here you have wonderful views on Hôtel des Invalides and Église du Dôme and both - Grand and Petit Palais

    Address: Metro – Invalides – line 8 and 13

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    Not too famous but amazing!

    by firestart Written Apr 8, 2007

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    Walking along the Seine, you simply cannot miss it, you will immediately notice the glass roof ot Grand Palace...

    Address: 3, Avenue du Général-Eisenhower, 75008, Paris

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    Le Grand Palais

    by benidormone Written Nov 28, 2003

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    This building built at the same time as the Petit Palais and The Pont Alexandre III is very impressive.Now (2003)it is undergoing a big restauration.

    Address: 3, Avenue du Général-Eisenhower

    Directions: Metro:Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau

    Website: http://www.paris.org

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    Grand and Petite Palais

    by FreeCloud Updated Sep 2, 2002

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