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"Grande Roue - A wandering Ferris Wheel." Top 5 Page for this destination La Grande Roue - The Great Wheel Tip by breughel

La Grande Roue - The Great Wheel, Paris: 13 reviews and 26 photos

  Grande Roue with the obelisk - Winter 2008
by breughel

There was already a Grande Roue de Paris at the universal exhibition of Paris in 1900, not at the Jardin des Tuileries but near the Champ de Mars. That Ferris wheel had a diameter of 100 m and was demolished in 1937.
The Grande Roue (big wheel) of 60 m high as you can see now was built for the millennium celebrations and was supposed to stay at the Place de la Concorde for only one year. The owner Marcel Campion refused a judge’s order to have the wheel taken down so that after much controversy the wheel was dismantled only in 2002.
After that the wheel was re-erected in the UK in 2003 and 2004, and later the Netherlands and Bangkok. The Grande Roue came back in Paris in 2007 and is supposed to come back each year in Paris and illuminate the Place de la Concorde and Tuileries for the end of the year festivities.
The Grande Roue is very nicely lighted in bleu shades like all the Champs-Elysées

NEW: The Grand Roue has been sold to a Belgian and will move end of August 2015 to Waregem in Belgium.
So hurry up if you want to see the Tuileries and Le Louvre from the heights.

Address: Jardin des Tuileries near Concorde.
Directions: Between Voie Georges Pompidou & Rue de Rivoli.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 28, 2015
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