Built for the 1900 Universal Exhibition, this giant exhibition hall spans a total area of 72,000 sq. m (775,000 sq. ft.), with the biggest glass roof in Europe—an elegant lighting solution, since the building was constructed prior to electricity. After years of renovations, the Grand Palais is now as gorgeous as it was when it opened, and today it hosts a changing array of sporting and cultural events under the vast “Grand Nef” (or nave), as well as blockbuster temporary art exhibits (Edward Hopper, Chagall, Impressionists, and others). These tend to be mob scenes, so it pays to buy tickets in advance to big shows. The entrance to the big exhibits is usually at the side entrance, 3 ave. du Général Eisenhower.
- Margie Rynn