European Heritage Days 2017 at the Palais-Royal in Paris: visiting the French State Council

On September 16 and 17, 2017, the Palais-Royal opens its doors for European Heritage Days. Between the visit of meeting rooms of the State Council, the Ministry of Culture and the Constitutional Council and the introduction to these institutions, these days will reveal us the hidden heritage of the Palais-Royal!

In Paris, the Palais-Royal is a National Monument you should go and discover on September 16-17, 2017 on European Heritage Days. Opposite the Louvre, the monument has been built by architect Lemercier for Cardinal Richelieu before becoming the royal residence in 1642 after Richelieu’s death.

During her stay at the Palais-Royal, regent Anne of Austria redecorates the East wing and orders the great wrought balcony located 6 rue de Valois. Impressive because of its H-shape, the palace keeps on fascinating people. It has been modified many times over time especially at the instigation of the Orléans family that called out architects as prestigious as Hardouin-Mansart Cartaud and of the government inviting Daniel Buren who sparks off a controversy in 1985 because of his work “Les Deux Plateaux” (as known as the Colonnes de Buren) in the main courtyard.

After the fall of the Second Empire, the Palais-Royal houses various civil services: the Court of Audits, the International Institute of Intellectual Co-operation (succeeded by UNESCO), the Economic Council – known today as the Economic, Social and Environmental Council before the State Council takes over the place in 1875 followed by the Constitutional Council in 1958 and the Ministry of Culture!

Within the rooms of the Palais-Royal, you will find some exhibition-files such as “Les bénévoles au service du patrimoine” (Volunteers at the service of the heritage), “Les coulisses du Conseil d’Etat” (A closer look inside the State Council), “Le Mobilier National s’expose au ministère” (The National Furniture exhibited at the ministry) (Immeuble des Bons Enfants – 182 rue Saint-Honoré). Take a walk in the gardens to discover the olfactive prints of the kings who live in the palace thanks to the Subodore installation.

In other words, European Heritage Days are the occasion to visit an architectural gem as well as a seat of power in Paris!

Practical information:
European Heritage Days 2017 at the Palais-Royal
Saturday September 16 and Sunday September 17, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Address: 3 rue de Valois, 75001 Paris
Admission free of charge

2017 European Heritage Day Program in Paris and the Ile-de-France Region: 

Elodie D.
Last updated on 22 August 2017

Practical information

Opening Time
From 16 September 2017 to 17 September 2017



    rue Saint-Honoré
    75005 Paris 5


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