European Heritage Days 2022 in Paris: exclusive tour of the Senate – Palais du Luxembourg in Paris

Published by Caroline J., Elodie D., Laurent P. · Photos by Laurent P. · Published on 3 August 2022 at 12h12
The French Senate takes part in European Heritage Days 2022! Make the most of the weekend on Saturday September 17 and Sunday 18, to discover the Palais du Luxembourg, and the Petit Luxembourg, without forgetting the greenhouses of the Jardin du Luxembourg.

European Heritage Days are back in Paris and everywhere else in France, on Saturday September 17 and Sunday 18, 2022. On the occasion, lots of cultural places open for free to the public. For two days, curious and passionate people fond of heritage can visit unusual places usually closed to them.

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If there is a place of power you should visit on European Heritage Days 2022, it is the French Senate. Follow the footsteps of senators for the edition 2022 of European Heritage Days! On Saturday September 17 and Sunday 18, the Senate opens to all and offers you to visit the premises for free, ideally set in the heart of the Jardin du Luxembourg

On these new European Heritage Days, discover the Palais du Luxembourg and the Petit Luxembourg respectively house of the Senate and presidency of the Senate. In the first one, you can visit the hemicycle, the library painted in 1845 by Delacroix and the Conference Room – former Gallery of the Throne, and the main staircase or even the Queen's Chamber.

In the second one which is the place of work of the Senate chairman, the Chapelle de la Reine – built by Marie of Medici in 1625 – and the Salons de Boffrand from the 18th century are worth the trip!

The story of the building is quite surprising. The Palais du Luxembourg was built according to the Firenze Pitti Palace blueprints for Marie of Medici - Henri IV's widow. She wanted to have the same architecture as from her childhood home. Since then, the place has become a royal house, a revolutionary prison, a seat for power after the French Revolution, before becoming the meeting place of the Senate in 1879.

Last but not least, on European Heritage Days, people can admire the greenhouses of the Luxembourg garden providing workshops presenting the fruit collection and the place's orchid collection. For the record, these greenhouses - administrated and managed by the Senate since 1879 - are an incredible place of preservation of a green heritage since the mid-19th century.

Careful though, every year, over 25,000 visitors come and discover the role and function of the Senate! And this year, you better come early to visit this exceptional place.

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 17 September 2022 to 18 September 2022



    Place Paul Claudel
    75006 Paris 6


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