In Paris, the Palais-Royal is a National Monument you should go and discover on September 21-22, 2019 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!
During this 36th edition of the European Heritage Days, visitors can discover this Palais with a rich story, as well as take part in discovery workshops to discover the know how of the Minstry of Culture on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
So, the European Heritage Days are the occasion to visit a jewel of architecture as well as a high place of power in Paris!
European Heritage Days 2019 Program in Paris and the Ile-de-France Region:
And to get your bearings more easily, we've made you some themed guides:
From 21 September 2019 to 22 September 2019
8 Rue de Montpensier
75001 Paris 1
Métro ligne 1 station "Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre"
Ouvert de 9h à 18h