Grande Roue de Paris

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For the wheel erected in 2000, see Roue de Paris.
Grande Roue de Paris, ca. 1900
Exposition Universelle of 1900, viewed from north north east

The Grande Roue de Paris was a 100-metre (328 ft) tall Ferris wheel built in 1900 for the Exposition Universelle world exhibition at Paris.

It was the tallest wheel in the world at the time of its opening. The passenger cars were so large that they were removed from the wheel and used as homes for French families when the region was devastated by World War I.[1]

Théodore Vienne, the industrialist and founder of the Paris–Roubaix cycle race, was both owner and director of the Grande Roue de Paris.

It was demolished in 1920.[2] Almost 90 years passed between its construction and a taller wheel, the 107.5-metre (353 ft) Cosmo Clock 21, being built in Japan.[citation needed]


  1. ^ New York Times Picture Section 5, Sunday, April 3, 1921
  2. ^ Anderson, Norman D (1992). Ferris wheels: an illustrated history. Popular Press. p. 141. ISBN 9780879725327. 

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Preceded by
Great Wheel
World's all-time tallest Ferris wheel
Succeeded by
Cosmo Clock 21
Preceded by
Great Wheel
World's tallest extant Ferris wheel
Succeeded by
Wiener Riesenrad

Coordinates: 48°51′08″N 2°17′57″E / 48.85222°N 2.29917°E / 48.85222; 2.29917