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2010 Fencing World Championships

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The 2010 Fencing World Championships start today in Paris, inside the Grand Palais.

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Official website :

http://www.escrime2010.com

A 5,000 seats temporary arena have been built under the nave of the Grand Palais.

The "Grand Palais" was the venue for Fencing in the Paris 2008 olympic bid.

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Yes, amazing venue.... was there this afternoon !!! :D

This venue has been proposed in the Paris 2008 Olympic bid's concept :(

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What is this venue normally?

If I'm not mistaken, it's just a grand exhibition hall or concourse...much in the same mode as London's Alexandria Palace or Convention centers of other cities...except it's in that Beaux Artes, "Crystal Palace," late 19th century-style. During Haute Couture week, Chanel uses it as its major exhibition venue.

Says Wiki:

The Grand Palais des Champs-Elysées, commonly known as the Grand Palais (English: Great Palace), is a large historic site, exhibition hall and museum complex located at the Champs-Élysées in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, France. Construction of the Grand Palais began in 1897 following the demolition of the Palais de l’Industrie (Palace of the Industry) as part of the preparation works for the Universal Exposition of 1900, which also included the creation of the adjacent Petit Palais and Pont Alexandre III. [2]

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, the formality of its floor planning and the use of techniques that were innovative at the time, such as its glass vault, its structure made of iron and light steel framing, and its use of reinforced concrete.

The exterior of this massive palace combines an imposing Classical stone façade with a riot of Art Nouveau ironwork... The grand inauguration took place May 1, 1900, and from the very beginning the palace was the site of different kinds of shows in addition to the intended art exhibitions. These included a riding competition that took place annually from 1901 to 1957, but were mainly dedicated to innovation and modernity: the automobile, aviation, household appliances, and so on. The golden age of the art exhibitions as such lasted for some thirty years, while the last took place in 1947. The first major Matisse retrospective after his death was held at the Grand Palais from April 22, 1970 to September 21, 1970 and was an incredible success.

It might even have been used in the 1900 and 1924 OGs.

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was the venue for fencing in 1900

Sorry, but NO !

During Paris 1900 fencing was at the Tuileries gardens and Champ de Mars

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