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The Petit Palais

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in Paris

The Petit Palais - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in Paris

At the heart of the Champs-Élysées district in the 8th arrondissement stands a real architectural gem, the Petit Palais, built for the 1900 World's Fair. Opposite the Grand Palais, a Parisian bastion of culture, it has housed the City of Paris Museum of Fine Arts since 1902. Its collections include around 1,300 works of art ranging from Antiquity to Paris 1900, through the Renaissance and the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. You can admire Greek and Roman antiquities there, Renaissance art objects, Dutch paintings from the 17th century, Art Nouveau pieces, and a large collection of great French artists from the 19th century such as Cézanne, Courbet, Delacroix, Monet, Renoir, Sisley and Toulouse-Lautrec.

While the Petit Palais enchants visitors with its remarkable works, it also delights them with its Belle Époque architecture, two large exhibition galleries and painted and sculpted decorations. There is also a beautiful internal garden, a haven of greenery dotted with ponds and boasting an elegant peristyle and a pleasant cafe terrace that's an ideal place for a coffee break.

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