Grand Palais was built in 1897-1900 for the Universal Exhibition in Paris. The Grand Palais was originally a monument raised by the Republic to the glory of French art. The exterior of this massive palace combines an imposing Classical frontage with a ceiling of Modern Art ironwork. In 1964,a part of the Grand Palais was converted into galleries for holding temporary international exhibitions. Grand Palais Galleries are attached to the Ministry of Culture, under the responsibility of the French Museums Department. Grand Palais has hosted over 250 exhibitions and now is established as France’s most important venue for international exhibitions and one of the most important in the world.
Petit Palais was built at the same time as the Grand Palais, for the Paris Exhibition of 1900 as a city museum. The Petit Palais shows the same architectural features as its larger neighbor. Petit Palais has a magnificent main doorway with rich sculptural decoration, with ionic columns, grand porch and a dome soaring above it.
In the Petit Palais you can find ancient artifacts, medieval objects, rare manuscripts and books, Dutch paintings from the seventeenth century. The collection includes interesting western art from the Egyptian era to the present.
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