Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Grand & Petit Palais

It is actually very difficult to walk the streets of Paris and not go in amazement with what you see. There is always something that'd capture your eyes. Hence, walking is the best way to appreciate the beautiful city. But there were times these old and worn out knees couldn't carry off the passionate wishes of the heart.

We rested for a short while after feasting our eyes on the ornate Pont Alexandre III. Got our packed sandwiches out and wiped clean those tuna mayo slices. Sejukkk....jadi perut pun lapar lah.

Across our resting place, came in view two historic buildings in Paris. One is the Grand Palais (Grand Palace) and the other is Petit Palais. Both places house excellent collections of art work from various centuries.

The Grand Palais listed as a historic monument. Its glass domed roof can be spotted from a distance.

The structure was built in the style of Beaux-Arts architecture as taught by the École des Beaux-Arts of Paris. The building reflects the movement's taste for ornate decoration through its stone facades.

For more than 100 years, the Grand Palais has been a public exhibition hall and host to a variety of grand events.

Just accross the Grand Palais - the Petite Palais. It was built for the Universal Exposition in the year 1900. Originally meant to be just a temporary structure to host a large exposition of French art. This magnificent Beaux Arts-style building was designed by Charles Girault. Now it serves as a museum of art.

It combines Greek and Roman forms but also includes plenty of ornamentation, making it rather eclectic in style. Seen a big statue of Winston Churchill.

A statue standing tall in the gardens of Petite Palais

1 comment:

jul said...

Dulu pegi Paris zaman Tok Kadok, laptop hubby kena curik in the train on the way from Paris to Belgium/Antwerp. Semua gambar kenangan manis n pahit stored in the HD tak sempat nak pindahkan ke diskette masa tu hehe,jdnya mmg takde gambar tour, cuma paspot jela saksi kami dah pegi Paris. Cian kan.