When you visit Paris, the Grand Palais des Champs-Elysées will almost certainly be visible from many of the areas you are visiting. Built in 1897, the Grand Palais was constructed once the Palais de l’Industrie (Palace of Industry) was demolished. The Grand Palais was build in preparation for the works that would be presented at the Universal Exposition of 1900. Other major landmarks constructed were the adjacent Petit Palais and the Pont Alexandre III. The Grand Palais is now used primarily as a combined Museum and Exhibition hall where they have all different types of things to do such as temporary exhibits, concerts, drive-in movies, or conferences.
The Grand Palais was built using many techniques that were innovative for the time. Some example of this innovation are its glass vault, its structure made of iron and light steel framing, and its use of reinforced concrete. The main exhibit space is almost 240 meters long. It was constructed with an iron, steel, and glass barrel-vaulted roof. It was the last building constructed using the large transparent roof that was inspired by London’s Crystal Palace. The large glass roof was required during the time period to allow enough light into the building before electricity.
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Monday through Friday 6:00am – 12:00am
Saturday and Sunday 8:00am to 12:00am
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21 Avenue Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 75008 Paris, France
+33 1 43 59 76 78
Paris Métro: lignes 1, 9, 13 / Stations : Franklin-D.-Roosevelt, Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau
Paris RER: lignes C / Stations : Invalides
Bus: lignes 28, 42, 52, 72, 73, 80, 83, 93