LE GRAND PALAIS, TRUE MASTERPIECE OF FRENCH ARCHITECTURE

Spot of interest of the capital, Le Grand Palais, as an emblem of Paris, fully deserved its article in our blog.  Located along the Champs Elysées, its 77 000 m2 regularly hosts  shows, exhibitions and prestigious events in its incredible and breathtaking nef.

 

As usual, a few words to resume the history of the monument:

It was built in 1897 to be shown at the 1900 World Exposition. 75 years later, « La Nef » is classified as historical monument.

Its location in Paris is completely strategic. Indeed, if the “presidential district” area was selected (which also regroups the Alexandre III bridge and the Avenue Winston Churchill brand new address), it was just to enhance the French influence.

 

Le Grand Palais displays three different and major places: the famous Nef with its glass roof, the National Galleries and the Discovery Palace.

As an anecdote, the Discovery Palace was built on a short-lived basis but its incredible success and popularity brought it to one of the Grand Palais major place of interest. That’s the reason why the Palace remained in place for good.

 

Symbol of the new art, I swear blind that no matter when you go there, you’ll never be disappointed! The biggest events of the capital happen there (fashion week runaway and most recently the cinema Paradisio which is a nod to the ambiance of Grease and the 70’s).

All of you will be delighted with its unique “Beaux-Arts” architecture style that stones, glass and metal put forward.

 

 

To summarize, just even for the pleasure of the eyes, discovering the work of an artist thanks to its unmatchable spaces that allow exposures, attending a prestigious event, or whatever the reason, the Grand Palais is a must for both tourists and locals.

 

 

Seasonal program:

  • Cartier, le style et l’histoire from December 4th 2013 to February 16th 2014
  • Raymond Depardon, un moment si doux from November 14th 2013 to February 10th 2014
  • Felix Vallotton, le feu sous la glace 2 October 2nd 2013 to January 20th 2014
  • Georges Braque from September 18th 2013 to January 6th 2014

 

 

DO

  • Approximately 2h30 for a complete visit
  • Raise the  head and enjoy the impressive architecture of the Nef
  • guide tours worth it
  • the current exhibition « Dynamo » is amazing

 

 

 

DON’T

  • Be careful, exhibitions are a little bit expensive
  • Come early, because you may spend time in queuing sometimes.

 

 

How to get there ?

 

Avenue Winston Churchill
75008 Paris
Quartiers: Avenue Montaigne/Faubourg St-Honoré,

 01 56 43 20 20

grandpalais.fr

 

M1, station Champs-Élysées – Clemenceau 

M6,13, station Invalides

M1, station Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

 

 

How much does it cost?

 

Depend on events

 

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