European Heritage Days 2018 at the Palais-Royal in Paris: visiting the French State Council

On September 15 and 16, 2018, 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 15-16, 2018 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.

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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!

During this 35th edition of the European Heritage Days, visitors can go on the discovery of works of art including paintings, tapestries, furniture, decorative items, that you see for these two days on the Council website, in addition to the tour of the premises. The youngest ones can get a game booklet as well as video animations to better grasp the missions and how the administrative justice works.

So, the European Heritage Days are the occasion to visit a jewel of architecture as well as a high place of power in Paris!

Laurent P.
Last updated on 14 September 2018

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From 15 September 2018 to 16 September 2018



    rue Saint-Honoré
    75005 Paris 5


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