The Grand Palace of the Champs Elysées (commonly known as the Grand Palace) is a large historical site, exhibition hall and museum building on the Champs Elysées in the 8th district of Paris, France. The construction of the Grand Palace began with the demolition of the Industrial Palace in 1897, which was part of the preparations for the 1900 World’s Fair, which also included the creation of the adjacent Little Palace and the Alexander III Bridge. Since 2000, it has been listed as a historical monument by the French Ministry of Culture.
A few weeks ago, we visited the Grand Palace for work reasons. This is a great building inside and out. The glass ceiling looks amazing from the inside, although it does have a greenhouse effect in hot weather. From the hotel in the center of Paris where we stayed, it is very convenient to take a taxi, walk or public transportation. It is a very pleasant experience.
This monument( now a museum) was built, like the Eiffel Tower Only to last for the WORLD FAIR of 1904.It was later decided that, together with the Eiffel Tower, it should be kept.The museum itself is very interesting, but the architecture of this huge building mostly of glass and iron is , in itself, worth a visit
Gleaming amongst the splendour of the Champs Elysées, the Grand Palais' magnificent domed, art-nouveau roof cuts an elegant figure into the Paris sky. Constructed for the 1900 Exposition Universelle (World’s Fair), today it serves as a rotating exhibition space for some of the world's greatest works of art. Recent exhibitions have included Valasquez, Anish Kapoor and Edward Hopper. The Grand Palais also hosts a highly eclectic range of events such as horse shows, BMX bike competitions and seasonal amusement parks. Up to 40 shows roll through its doors throughout the year.
The Location: Metro #1 & 13, Exit "Champs Elysees Clemenceau". The metro station is right next to the museum. This building from 1900 is home to the Galeries Nationales where prestigious exhibitions are held. So much to see, you can definitely spend a few hours here. It is also an architectural gem too!! Totally perfect photograph spot~ There is another museum across street.