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Grand Palais

Historic site, exhibition hall in Paris, France / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées (English: Great Palace of the Elysian Fields), commonly known as the Grand Palais (English: Great Palace), is a historic site, exhibition hall and museum complex located at the Champs-Élysées in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, France. Construction of the Grand Palais began in 1897 following the demolition of the Palais de l'Industrie (Palace of Industry) to prepare for the Universal Exposition of 1900. That exposition also produced the adjacent Petit Palais and Pont Alexandre III.[2]

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Grand Palais
Image of the Grand Palais as seen from the Eiffel Tower
The Grand Palais (centre) and the Petit Palais (right) as seen from the Eiffel Tower
EstablishedUniversal Exposition of 1900
LocationAvenue Winston-Churchill,
75008 Paris, France
TypeHistoric site, exhibition hall
Visitors1,412,060 (2017)[1]
PresidentJean-Paul Cluzel
Public transit accessChamps-Élysées–Clemenceau
Franklin D. Roosevelt
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The building was designed to be a large-scale venue for official artistic events. A pediment on the building refers to this function with an inscription that reads, "a monument dedicated by the Republic to the glory of French art." Designed according to Beaux-Arts tastes, the building features ornate stone facades, glass vaults and period innovations that included iron and light steel framing and reinforced concrete.[3]

It is listed as a historic monument (monument historique) by the Ministry of Culture.[4]