The historic exhibition hall and museum complex is home to one of the most stunning examples of Beaux Arts architecture in the city and over the course of its history has served as everything from a wartime hospital to a police station and an exhibition centre for the Exposition Universelle in 1900.
Today, the Grand Palais is home to the Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, a museum space that plays host to major art exhibits and cultural programmes of all kinds throughout the year. Notable in its calendar are the Chanel fashion shows, where the iconic French label transforms the space each year to host the world's media and fashion elite to showcase its new collection.
History of the Grand Palais
Construction of the Grand Palais began in 1897 on the site of the former Palais de l'Industrie and was inaugurated on 1 May 1900 just head of the Exposition Universelle, the world fair that also prompted the construction of the famous Eiffel Tower.
The beautiful museum features ornate decorations on its stone façade, as well as an iron and light steel frame that characterises its interior. The glass roof was designed specifically to let in light in an age before electricity and since it was first opened has been the home to a diverse range of shows that have included automobile and aviation shows, as well as a Matisse retrospective.
Visiting the Grand Palais
Thanks to its central location along the Champs-Elysees in the 8th arrondissement of Paris the Grand Palais a perfect stop for visitors exploring other sites in the area.
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