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Designed for the 1900 World's Fair, the Grand Palais is a historic building located along the Seine in the 8th district of Paris, on a line of sight stretching between the Invalides and the Champs-Elysées and across from the Petit Palais, with which it forms a pair of exhibit halls used to host major temporary exhibitions.
A veritable feat of architecture, symbolized by a spectacular glassed roof, the entire Grand Palais has been classified as an historic monument. In its West wing is the Palais de la Découverte, which has been a science museum since 1937. The South wing is occupied by the University of Paris IV. Inside the planetarium, the first of its kind, visitors can pause to observe celestial formations and phenomena, and learn about astronomy.
Easily accessible from the Place de la Concorde, site of the prestigious Hôtel de Crillon, the Grand Palais is a site worth visiting for its exhibits and for its grandiose entry hall, the largest in Europe.
The very lovely Petit Palais hosts the Paris city Museum of Fine Arts, containing impressive art collections dating from Antiquity up to Paris in the 1900's. Visitors can admire major works of art from the French and Italian Renaissance, as well as priceless treasures by great painters such as Monet, Renoir or Cézanne.