European Heritage Days 2020 at the French National Assembly - BY REGISTRATION

Published by Laurent P. · Photos by Laurent P. · Published on 14 September 2020 at 20h09 · Updated on 15 September 2020 at 14h55
The French National Assembly opens on September 19 and 20, 2020 for European Heritage Days. On the menu? A tour of the Palais Bourbon and the Hotel de Lassay, as well as athe discovery of the "L'école d'Athènes" tapestry, that has been renovated. Only by prior registration.

Every year, the National Assembly opens the doors of the Palais Bourbon for European Heritage Days to take us behind the scenes of the power and the national heritage kept at the Palais Bourbon and the Hotel de Lassay and its gardens through a fitter tour on Saturday September 19 and Sunday 20, 2020.

CAREFUL: for safety reasons, the French National Assembly is only open to prior registration.

Built in 1728 by the Duchesse de Bourbon, both premises are quickly considered as the “biggest ornamentations of the city after the royal houses”.

Today, both buildings house the Chamber of Deputies and the residency of the Assembly Chairman. While the Palais underwent major alterations in the 19th century such as the creation of a “pain de sucre” [sugar loaf] roof and a twelve-column peristyle that have entirely changed its architectures, blueprints and models kept in the library allowing to better enjoy the primary style of the place, similar to the Grand Trianon.

European Heritage Days also allow us to enjoy the rooms of the Palais Bourbon and the Hotel de Lassay: from the Salle des Cinq-Cents to the Salle des Pas-Perdus, without forgetting the Hemicycle, the press box, the gardens and the lounges painted by Delacroix, the tour will delight History and power enthusiasts.

This year, visitors will have the chance to rediscover the "L'école d'Athènes" tapestry, inspired by the famous mural by Raphael, an Italian Renaissance painter, that has just been set in the heart of the amphitheater over two years and a half of thorough renovations in the Mobilier national workshop. Ordered by king Louis XIV and finished in 1688, this tapestry was made by the Manufacture des Gobelins and is a national treasure decoation set in the Salle des Séances since 1879.

Given the health situation, the tour has been adapted so that you can visit as smoothly as possible and that the number of visitors on site is limited. Moreover, facemasks and barrier gestures are mandatory.

European Heritage Days 2020 Program in Paris and the Ile-de-France Region:

And to get your bearings more easily, we've made you some themed guides:

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 19 September 2020 to 20 September 2020



    35 Quai d'Orsay
    75007 Paris 7


    Recommended age
    For all

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    Ouvert de 9h30 à 17h30