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Relics of the World’s Fair: Paris

Say “World’s Fair” and many think of grand culture shows that happened once in a great while, at some time in the past. However, these celebrations of artistic and technological achievement have been going on nearly every year since 1851, in scores of cities on five different continents. While most World’s Fair organizers opt for cheaper, temporary buildings, some permanent structures and monuments still exist from these grand events — so many, in fact, that we’re posting a series on the cities where the fairs most guided their character today. 

Here we start with Paris, home of the most fairs (six — 1855, 1867, 1878, 1889, 1900, and 1937) and one of the most-visited relics. 

For the full photo gallery, click through to Relics of the World’s Fair: Paris, on Atlas Obscura!