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Grand Palais - Palais de la Decouverte

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Grand Palais - Palais de la Découverte

The Grand Palais is located the Avenue Winston Churchill.

It was built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900.

So was its pendant, Le Petit Palais, on the opposite pavement.

The Grand Palais should have been pulled down once the fair was over.

It was fortunately kept and converted into a temporary exhibition hall.

The Palais de la Découverte was founded on the occasion of the International Exhibition of 1937.

It is located at the rear of the building, in the wing that faces the Avenue Franklin-Roosevelt.

The Grand Palais was built on a H-shaped plan.

The southern part of the building, on the river side, was attached to the University of Paris in 1957.

It was consequently converted in order to accommodate a series of classrooms

It also boasts a vast university library.

Belle Epoque architecture

The Grand Palais boasts a stunning glass roof and metal structure.

The Orsay Museum, Eiffel Tower and the 20 or so pedestrian covered passages and galleries of Paris are perfect illustrations of this style.

The Grand Palais' imposing facade (240m long!) is, however, more conventional than these other buildings.

A series of Doric columns indeed break the volumes and lighten the whole structure.

The monumental entrance porch at the corner of the Champs Elysées and Avenue Churchill is equally spectacular.

A gigantic sculptural group - Four horses pulling a chariot - by Falguière and Peter indeed tops its pediment.

The Grand Palais was classified Historical Monument in 2000.

Directions: 8th district
Metro: Champs-Elysées-Clémenceau on Line 1
Coordinates: Lat 48.866109 - Long 2.312454

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