Grand Palais

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Still looking much as it did during the Universal Expo (aka World’s Fair) of 1900, the Grand Palais is still in use as a large venue for exhibits and events; it is also a science centre and museum complex. Continuing to function as per its original plan 120-odd years later, in 2000 it was declared a Designated Historical Monument.

Its most recognizable feature is its extensive glass roof. From the outside it looks for all the world like a giant greenhouse or solarium. As a result, the interior is light and airy, and feels like you are walking about outdoors.

Situated on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées, the Grand Palais is a substantial site, 70,000 square metres (753,400 square feet), its architecture a mix of classical and modern. Attendance at the 1900 exhibition was massive, and the Grand Palais is still very well attended today. Visit to to see a specific show or museum, or just enjoy a leisurely indoor stroll out of the rain on an inclement day.

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