Grand Palais, Paris

The Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées is a massive exhibition hall located in the center of Paris, within the 8th arrondissement.

Construction for the monumental structure began in 1897 in preparation for the Universal Exposition of 1900. For the event, the Grand Palais welcomed over 50 million visitors over the course of 7 months who came to discover and celebrate major inventions of the time – from a ferris wheel to a diesel engine to an escalator and more.

The Grand Palais is a prime example of Beaux-Arts architecture, popular at the turn of the century. Ornate decorations have been carved into the exterior stone façades. It’s roof is made almost entirely of glass panels, gently shaped into domes. The interior staircase exhibits Art Nouveau style architecture, which was influenced by natural forms such as curving flower vines.

I have visited the Grand Palais a few times over the years, mainly for art fairs like FIAC and Paris Photo, and I’m always impressed by its grandeur. Here are a few photos from my visits:

Grand Palais, Paris

Entrance Grand Palais, Paris

Art Nouveau Staircase Balcony in Grand Palais, Paris

Exhibition at the Grand Palais, Paris

Crystal Chandelier at the Grand Palais, Paris

Art Fair at the Grand Palais, Paris

Art Nouveau Balcony at the Grand Palais, Paris

Grand Palais Glass Ceiling, Paris

Grand Palais
3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower
75008 Paris, France

December 10, 2018

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I’m an American photographer and writer based in Paris after living in New York for 7 years and then and spending a year and a half traveling. My work has been featured by the Paris and Nice Tourism Offices, Art Basel, and Refinery 29. Culture Passport is a place to share my travels and experiences in new places, with a focus on cultural attractions.

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