Exposition Universelle de 1900

Paris, April 15–November 12, 1900

  • Main Entrance (Porte Monumentale)

    René Binet, architect

    This controversial structure on the Place de la Concorde was both ridiculed
    and praised by the Parisian press. Beneath its grand arch were ticket
    booths for entrance into the fairgrounds.

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  • Main Entrance (Porte Monumentale)

    René Binet, architect

    This detail shows the entry area beneath the grand arch.

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  • Celestial Globe (Globe Céleste) and Eiffel Tower

    The Eiffel Tower was designed by Gustave Eiffel for the
    Paris Exposition Universelle of 1889. Construction began in 1887.

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  • Grand Palais

    Henri Daglane, Louis Albert Louvet,
    Charles Louis Girault, and Albert Théophile Félix Thomas, architects

    This beautiful palace housed the Centennale, an exhibition of 19th-century
    French art; the Décennale, an exhibition of French art from the previous decade;
    and international works of art. Today it holds the Galeries Nationales
    du Grand Palais, a planetarium, and the Palais de la Découverte.

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  • Petit Palais

    Charles Louis Girault, architect

    Situated opposite the Grand Palais, the Petit Palais housed a retrospective exposition
    of French arts. Today it is home to the Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris.

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  • Pavilion of Asiatic Russia (Palais de l’Asie Russe)

    Roman Meltzer, architect

    This grand complex of structures, designed by one of Russia’s preeminent architects,
    was built in the form of a kremlin (fortress) in a Russian revival style.

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  • Palace of Metallurgy and Mines (Palais de la Metallurgie et des Mines)

    Marcellin Varcollier, architect

    This building on the Champs-de-Mars was dedicated to the mining and
    metalwork industries. It included exhibits of coal, gems, and cast iron.

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  • Palace of Metallurgy and Mines
    (Palais de la Metallurgie et des Mines)

    Marcellin Varcollier, architect

    This detail shows the elaborate façade of the vast
    exhibition hall dedicated to mining and metalwork.

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  • Pavilion of Italy (Palais de l’Italie)

    Carlo Cepi, C. Gilodi, and Giuseppe Salvadori, architects

    The design of this palace, Built in a style derived from the Venetian Gothic, skillfully combines details from the
    Doge’s Palace and the basilica of San Marco.

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  • Pavilion of Serbia

    Ambroise Baudry, architect

    Described at the time as in the "Serbo-Byzantine" style, this pavilion
    housed an exhibit of wines, pork products, and silk, including a display of silkworm
    cocoons, and an array of Serbian national costumes.

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  • Conservatories of the City of Paris (Grandes Serres)

    Charles Gautier, architect

    These two greenhouses occupied the left bank of the Seine, one with native
    French plants, the other with foreign and exotic horticultural displays.

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  • Moving Sidewalk (Trottoir Roulant)

    Schmidt and Silsbee, architects

    The fun of getting on and off this electric three-tiered sidewalk (one level stationary,
    the next moving at four kilometers per hour, the third at nine kilometers per hour) made it one of the fair's
    greatest amusements. Schmidt and Silsbee were American engineers.

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