» France, Paris XXVI: Petit and Grand Palais – Architectonic Gems
France, Paris XXVI: Petit and Grand Palais – Architectonic Gems
After paying our visit to the Les Invalides, we walked along green lanes to Grand Palais and Petit Palais. Before we even got there, we passed beautiful bridge across the Seine named after Tzar Alexander III.
The bridge of Alexander III connects the 8th district of Paříže with the 7th district. It served as also as a way to get to Les Invalides and the palace. First we wanted just to walk through quit quickly. Yet we were so astonished with its beauty that we stopped there and admired its architectural details. We were not surprised by the fact that it is one of the historic landmarks. It has monumental columns. On their tops were allegorical statues, really fascinating. Every column captures different theme or face of France. For example, there are depictions of medieval, renaissance or modern France. The columns are not the only decoration. Along both sides of the bridge, there are other mythological scenes, both ends are guarded by lions. Simply beautiful bridge. A date of its ceremonial opening is inscribed on one of the four columns. The year was 1900, April 14, to be precise. It was the year of Paris hosting the World’s Fair. The concept of the bridge was confirmed after sealing the alliance with Russia".
Totally astonished by this beautiful building we continued on. Soon we stood before another gem in Paris. Grand Palais. It is a unique building initially built to be an exhibition pavilion during the World’s Fair in 1900. Allegedly, it is the largest glass-metal building in the world. Its size really earned respect. Consider yourself that 8500 ton construction that covers area of 15 000 square meters of glass. The building was built in the Art-Noveau style combined with a classicist façade. Originally, Industrial Palace used to be there. Yet it was demolished and the French built there a palace even more grandeur, Grand Palais
We only peaked inside. The entrance hall was literally huge. Altogether, the palace offers unbelievable space of 77 000 m². Since the end of the World’s Fair it has been serving as a place for exhibition, fairs, or fashion shows. A couple of events took place there even at the time of our visit. The palace houses the museum of science and a planetarium. There is even a police station. As we wanted to see a lot more things, we did not took a tour inside.
Petit Palais stands opposite to Grand Palais. We couldn’t just walk by it. Its exterior consists of a monumental column decoration with beautiful entrance with a dome above. There are large windows luring you to explore the building. The building, as well as the Bridge of Alexander II or Grand Palais, was opened by the time of the World’s Fair. Two years later, an art museum was opened there. It has been there ever since. The museum holds items ranging from antiquity to the 20th century art. Among the most famous works are Rembrandt’s self-portrait , Rubens, Cézanne, or unique icon collection. Around the palace, there is a large court and a garden.
Upon exploring Peitt Palace from the outside, we returned back on Champs-Élysées. On the way, we passed by a small square dominated by a statue of Charlese de Gaulle, French general and politicians. Where we headed next is a matter for next week’s article.
Text and photo: Oskár Mažgút
Our Sunday schedule seems great. Upon the breakfast we leave the hotel, give a ride to some tourists to Paris for their individual schedule, and then head to Giverna. The town is known for the fact that Claude Monet once worked there. It is charming, especially on a sunny day.
After stopping at magnificent Grand and Petit Palaises we continued to Champs-Élysées boulevard. We continued to Louvre. Soon we got to monumental Place de la Concorde square, or Guillotines square as it is referred to by locals.
We continue in our tour de Paris even today. Last time we saw Place de la Concorde. From there we walked along Royale street to the church La Madeleine. Somewhere in the middle of the street we encountered Maxim’s restaurant.
On the crossroad in front of the La Madeleine church, we decided to go in direction to Garnier Opera. Soon we were waiting in front of the neo-Baroque building. It is the largest theater in the world as it has unbelievable 11 000 m2.
After a magical walk near luxurious boutiques on Royale street, or admiring historical buildings on La Madeleine and Garnier Opera. Last part in our series, we visited the Lafayette gallery. We wandered about in pompous spaces for people who like to shop. We saw Paris from above and walked to see another landmark in the city.
Last week we saw Vendôme square and moved to Rivoli street. Right there are many important buildings we took look at in the first days of our tour de Paris. This time we chose to see a street opposite to Rivoli as the beautiful Jardin des Tuileries is located over there.
Despite long lines we haven’t regret 2-hour waiting to enter one of the most beautiful palaces in the world – Versailles. You have to hold on. The palace will reward you with its glorious interior, exterior, and gardens that are an irreplaceable part of it.
In the morning, after eating from hotel breakfast, we went to see outskirts of Paris - the suburbs, which bears the same name as the name of the famous castle complex of Versailles. Exploring this former residence of the King required a great deal of patience and fitness. You ask why? The answer can be found in the following lines.
After a nice walk in the Tuileries Garden we continued to Louver we wanted to see so much. It was supposed to be a conclusion of our tour in Paris. Yet before we got to Louvre we went to the Seine to see the bridge that is a symbol of love, wishes, and friendship.
This is it. Our journey in Paris has came to an end. Our last destination is the legendary, beautiful, and fascinating Le Grand Louvre, or just Louvre for short. Before we even entered the world of colorful French history put in contrast to the modern France, we spent time seeing Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel.
I intended to make a trip somewhere. So I surfed on the internet to find out about my options. After while I made the decision. Paris! This trip would be short but the program would be interesting.
Immediately after seeing the Luxembourg Gardens we headed to the world famous Sorbonna University. Cardinal Richelieu himself took care of its development. for he financed its reconstruction, and he transformed once college for poor students to an important hub of education.
We will continue in our journey in Paris. We will choose a tempo of learning on history and we will also talk on beauties of nature. There are many natural wonders in Paris. Perhaps the most beautiful ones we trie to find in beautiful parks and gardens.
Following an exciting walk on Montaigne Street and seeing the Flame of Liberty, we moved along the Seine to see another remarkable sight of Paris .- Les Invalides. This complex of building hides a large part of French military history.
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