Grand Palais and Petit Palais in Paris

Saturday, 31 August 2013 - 01:05 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
Category/Kategorie: General, Museums, Exhibitions, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks, Paris / Île-de-France
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Grand Palais © MarkusMark

Grand Palais © MarkusMark

The Grand Palais des Champs-Elysées, commonly known as the Grand Palais (English: Great Palace), is a large historic site, exhibition hall and museum complex located between the Avenue des Champs-Élysées and River Seine on Avenue Winston Churchill in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. Construction of the Grand Palais began in 1897 following the demolition of the Palais de l’Industrie (Palace of Industry) 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.

The structure was built in the style of Beaux-Arts architecture as taught by the École des Beaux-Arts of Paris. The building reflects the movement’s taste for ornate decoration through its stone facades, the formality of its floor planning and the use of techniques that were innovative at the time, such as its glass vault, its structure made of iron and light steel framing, and its use of reinforced concrete.

Grand Palais and Petit Palais, seen from Tour Eiffel © Gérard Ducher/cc-by-sa-2.5 8th - Petit Palais © flickr.com - dawvon Petit Palais © Sts/cc-by-sa-3.0 Petit Palais © Jastrow 8th - Grand Palais © flickr.com - Rui Ornelas Grand Palais - side entrance © Lionel Allorge/cc-by-sa-3.0 Grand Palais © MarkusMark Grand Palais © Robert Will/cc-by-sa-2.5 Pont Alexandre III and Grand Palais © Pline/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Grand Palais and Petit Palais, seen from Tour Eiffel © Gérard Ducher/cc-by-sa-2.5
A little known fact is that the Grand Palais has a major police station in the basement which helps protect the exhibits on show in the Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, and particularly the picture exhibition “Salons” as the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux Arts, Salon d’Automne and Salon Comparaisons. The building’s west wing also contains a science museum, the Palais de la Découverte. The couture fashion house Chanel annually hosts many of its fashion shows here, setting up elaborate and expensive surroundings for its models and hosts.

The Petit Palais, housing the City of Paris Museum of Fine Arts is one of the 14 City of Paris’ Museums that have been incorporated since January 1st 2013 in the public institution Paris Musées.

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