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Where sacred and laic intertwine

Cologne is a blend of spiritual and secular. It is an important pilgrimage destination: the relics of the Magi are said to be kept in the Shrine of the Three Kings at the Kölner Dom. It is also the host of one of the most fun and exciting carnivals in Germany and the world: the Kölner Karneval, which lasts 6 days in February, each year. The city’s most famous landmark, the Dom, is the fourth largest church in the world, and the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe. Cologne is also famous for Eau de Cologne (Kölnisch Wasser) – a fragrance so popular in the 18th century that it became synonymous with perfume all over the world.

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Petit Palais

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Petit Palais

A museum built for the Universal Exposition of 1900

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The Petit Palais opened in 1902 and is located between the Champs-Elysees and the Avenue Alexandre III. Originally, this museum was built for the Universal Exposition of 1900 to showcase popular artworks. Many ancient artifacts, medieval objects, rare manuscripts and books are featured here.

In addition to the collection of various ancient items at the Petit Palais, art enthusiasts will be pleased to find a variety of other major works of art. A few are Poussin’s The Massacre of the Innocents, and Rembrandt’s Self-Portrait with Poodle, as well as a collection of great Impressionist works.

Petit Palais
Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris, France, 75008 Paris
10am - 5:40pm daily (closed Monday and holidays).