Grand Palais

Paris attraction Grand Palais inside view

Paris attraction Grand Palais inside view

Meaning “Big Palace” in English, the Grand Palais, more formally Galeries nationales du Grand Palais is a large exhibition hall made of glass built for the 1900’s Paris Exhibition and it is in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, France.

The façade of the Grand Palais is a archetypical exemplification of Beaux Arts architecture, and the main roof is an expansion of glass and steel. The Petit Palais and the Pont Alexandre III were built at the same time with the Grand Palais. Being constructed, in service were four architects: Henri Deglane worked on the main facade, Albert-Felix, Theophile Thomas on the opposite side and Albert Louvet on the interior and the other two ends. And then, those 4 had been winners of the Prix de Rome for architecture. Charles Girault supervised the entire job at last.

As to the exterior of  the Grand Palais, it combines an enchanting façade with a mixture of Art Nouveau ironwork, and some statue groups including works of sculptors, Alfred Boucher and Paul Gasq. Georges Recipon designed the two bronze quadrigas terminating the main façade’s wings.

The interior

After one of ceiling panels made of glass fell in 1993, the Grand Palais was closed for restoration for about 12 years and on the date of 24 September 2005 it opened to public again.

Transparent dome of Paris attraction Grand Palais

Transparent dome of Paris attraction Grand Palais

The science museum, the Palais de la Decouverte is also located in the west part of Grand Palais. In addition, a major police station in the basement of the Grand Palais protects the exhibits such as the Salon de la Societe Nationale des Beaux Arts, Salon d’Automne and Salon Comparaisons in the Galeries nationales du Grand Palais. The famous fashion house, Chanel hosts its fashion shows in the palace annually.

Practical Information

  • Opening Times: It opens at 10:00 am and closes at 8:00 pm everyday except Tuesday, but on Wednesday it’s open between 10:00 am and 10:00 pm. Tours with reservation start at 10:00 am and finish at 1pm.
  • Cash desk: The last admission is accepted at 7:15 pm but on Wednesday at 9:15pm.
  • Days of week: It is open everyday except Tuesday.
  • Public Holidays: Open on the public holidays of Easter, Easter Monday, 8 May, Ascension Day, Whitsuntide, Whit Monday,14 July, 15 August,1 November and 11 November
  • Independant Tours and Guided Tours: Independent tours for individuals start at 6.30pm on Wednesdays and at 3.30pm on Saturdays. It costs Entrance fee + 6 Euros (for groups 59 Euros + conference fee). Children under 13 are accepted with no cost.

Grand Palais front view

Grand Palais front view

  • Location: Champs Elysees Clemenceau, Franklin-Roosevelt
  • Address: 3 avenue du General Eisenhower 75008 Paris (France)
  • Tel: 33 (0)1 44 13 17 17
  • Official web site: ‘grandpalais

Grand Palais Map and Street Tour:

(Please put the yellow man icon on the map to see original photo of the place and start street tour…)

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