Fodor's Expert Review Grand Palais
With its curved-glass roof and gorgeous Belle Époque ornamentation, you can't miss the Grand Palais whether you're approaching from the Seine or the Champs-Élysées. It forms an elegant duo with the Petit Palais across Avenue Winston Churchill. Both stone buildings, adorned with mosaics and sculpted friezes, were built for the 1900 World's Fair and, like the Eiffel Tower, were not intended to be permanent. That's why, after 120 years of wear and tear, the graceful yet delicate structure is currently closed for renovation, with plans to fully reopen in time for the 2024 Paris Olympics. The good news is you'll still be able to enjoy the Palais's world-class cultural, fashion, and sporting events—as well as some Olympic events—at the Grand Palais Éphémère, a soaring temporary structure set on the Champs de Mars, the long grassy park that fronts the Eiffel Tower.