In a city brimming with beautiful buildings and jaw-dropping architecture, few buildings impress like the Grand Palais. Built for the Universal Exposition of 1900 and renovated in 2004 after being neglected - and closed - for years, it now houses popular events in the nave (often free), numerous prestigious art exhibitions, and even includes a science exhibition in one wing, the Palais de la Decouverte.So how big is it? Well, the nave is 240 metres long with a glass roof that reaches 45 metres high (big enough to fit a funfair inside!) supported by 6,000 tons of iron and steel.With 13,500m_ of special extra-transparent glass, the interior is extremely bright, and now host to the annual Monumenta exhibition, for which an internationally renowned artist (such as Richard Serra in 2008) takes advantage of the huge space.Step outside and the numerous ceramics and statues will also take your breath away. Situated five minutes from the Champs Elysees, there’s no excuse to not go and see this incredible building.
Champs Elysees Clemenceau & Franklin Roosevelt
RER A :
Bus 28, 42, 52, 63, 72, 73, 80, 83, 93
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