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Grand Palais
Restauration de la Nef

Grand Palais. Avenue Winston-Churchill. Metro : Rond Point des Champs Elysées.

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Headlight of the "Journées du Patrimoine" of September 2005, the Grand Palais re-open its doors for the public after five years of total restoration. This re-birth follows twelve years of closing due to advanced ageing.  Last vestige of these immense houses which pushed in the capital at the time of the World Exhibitions of the beginning of the century, it was supposed to be a luxury Palais of the Art in the shade of the close Champs-Elysées. Its construction, discussed a long time although supported by Rodin itself, will use for the first time in Paris the reinforced concrete. But its principal innovation is its roof of glass, a phenomenal transparent canopy which floods sun under the successive exposures, Salon of the Car, Aeronautics, TSF, Nautique...  Nevertheless this Palais with wood foundation, imagined to last only a time, ages prematurely. While being pressed on the archives of its construction, the restorers thus renovated his canopy with its green metal color of origin, run new foundations out of concrete, replaced the old squares of the canopy by blades of modern technical double glasses.  The Grand Palais is ready again to accommodate the prestigious exposures of Paris.

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