Each year, the Elysée Palace opens its doors for European Heritage Days. For a day, over 20,000 people come and visit this high place of power and the prestigious salons of the Hotel d’Evreux. Warning, the queue can be very very long so, come early and make sure you have something to stay hydrated!
On Saturday September 16 and Sunday September 17, 2017, make the best of European Heritage Days by discovering the Hotel d’Evreux better known as the Elysée Palace already considered as “the most beautiful mansion in the surroundings of Paris” in the 18th century. The Hotel d’Evreux has been successively the property of the Comte d’Evreux, Louis XV and Napoleon before being once and for all designated as the Residence of the French President based on a Decree in 1848.
Moreover, the free visit of the building allows you to discover the Hotel d’Evreux and its 1889 layout (nothing has really been changed since then, except that electricity and running water has been installed): between the Salon Murat – that houses the Council of Ministers each Wednesday – and the Reception Hall – set up to house official dinners for the 1889 world’s fair – you will be taken to the heart of the power.
The visit continues within the power’s own intimacy with the French President’s office located within the Salon Doré (gilded salon) decorated by Jean-Louis Godon in 1861 for the Empress Eugénie.
To give you an overview of the visit, the French National Audiovisual Institute (INA) presents the tour in a video:
European Heritage Days 2017 at the Elysée Palace
Saturday September 16, Sunday September 17, 2017
Venue: Elysée Palace
Opening hours: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
On European Heritage Days, the entrance will be located at the back of the garden, Avenue Gabriel, Grille du Coq
Photo credit: © Paris Tourist Office – Photographer: Claire Pignol
2017 European Heritage Day Program in Paris and the Ile-de-France Region:
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