The Grand Palais des Champs-Elysees truly lives up to its name. The towering glass roof of this building lends a cathedral like sense of space to this monument to the glory of French art. The Grand Palace has been home to countless events, exhibitions and collections.
These days many of the couture house Chanel's fashion shows can be seen here. The elaborate interior, filled with warm marble tones, towering columns and sweeping staircases, provides the perfect sense of opulence for these striking occasions.
Guests of the Radisson Blu Le Dokhan’s Hotel, Paris Trocadero are 15 minutes from this mecca for lovers of fashion and art. The Metro from Trocadero goes directly to the Franklin D. Roosevelt stop, a 4 minute walk from the Grand Palais.
The history of the Great Palace
The job of designing the Grand Palais was eventually won by four architects, Henri Deglane, Albert Louvet, Albert Thomas and Charles Girault. The enormous glass roof of the building was inspired by the Great Exhibition space in London – the Crystal Palace. In the days before electric lighting the open glass roof was an essential feature of any grand exhibition space.
During the First and Second World Wars the large open building naturally became a military hospital, a truck depot and even the headquarters of the Parisian resistance during the liberation of Paris. It is no wonder that this building holds a special place in the hearts of many Parisians and visitors, art lovers and history lovers alike.
Accommodation near the Grand Palais
Choosing a hotel in Paris close to the city's main attractions is a great way to start a relaxing break in France's capital. The Radisson Blu Le Dokhan’s Hotel, Paris Trocadero is the perfect place base from which to explore everything the city has to offer.