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Paris: Grand Palais

The “Big Palace” is a large exhibition hall built for the Exposition Universelle 1900.

The building facade is a stunning example of Beaux-Arts architecture, capped with a roof of steel and glass.

Many shows and exhibits rotate through the Grand Palais throughout the year. There is a permanent science museum in the building’s west wing, the Palais de la Découverte; and a semi-permanent picture exhibition on display in the Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais (drawing from the collections of the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux Arts, Salon d’Automne, and Salon Comparaisons).

As a point of trivia: There is a major police station housed in the basement of the Grand Palais — among their duties is helping to protect the exhibits on show in the hall.

“Grand” entrance is, indeed, rather grand.

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Posted in Places by madsci on March 18th, 2010 at 4:06 pm.

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