The Grand Palais des Champs-Elysées, is commonly called just the “Grand Palais”. It is a large exhibition hall and museum complex located in Paris’s 8th arrondissement. Construction of the Grand Palais began in 1897 as part of the city’s preparation works for the Universal Exposition of 1900, which also included the creation of the adjacent Petit Palais across the street, and Pont Alexandre III crossing the Seine adjacent to the Grand Palais. The structure was built in the Beaux-Arts architectural style, which reflects the movement’s taste for ornate decoration through stone facades. The palais incorporated features that were innovative at the time, such as its glass vault, with its structure made of iron and light steel, and its use of reinforced concrete.
Posted by: danielfee | October 23, 2013