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Palais Royal

#76 of 1,089 things to do in Paris
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Louvre / Palais-Royal
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Address: 6 rue de Montpensier, 75001 Paris, France
Phone Number:
+33 1 47 03 92 16
07:30 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 07:30 - 20:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

This royal palace, first home to Cardinal Richelieu and later a childhood...

This royal palace, first home to Cardinal Richelieu and later a childhood home of Louis XIV, is longer open to the public, although its exquisite gardens can still be enjoyed.

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A Beckoning Courtyard

Across from the Louvre is this sanctuary. The palace was where Cardinale Richelieu lived and now houses the Constitutional Council, and the Ministry of Culture. The garden is why... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Across from the Louvre is this sanctuary. The palace was where Cardinale Richelieu lived and now houses the Constitutional Council, and the Ministry of Culture. The garden is why you go; the row of pillars stand in front of some very high end stores, somehow appropriate. The park is beautiful in any weather. You will see a mix of people,... More 

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's today the seat of the state, and ministry of culture of Paris; superb facade with columns, noble architecture, and there are very nice gardens; The construction was from the 16th century, and it was at the origin the private residence of cardinal Richelieu. Before the palace is a nice fountain, the spheres of steel.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

A beautiful courtyard, modern art installations, hundreds of Corinthian columned walkways and perfectly placed fountains and gardens, make the Palais Royal a photographer's playground. Personally, I can never get enough of the reflection opportunities in what these gorgeous silver balls are able to capture. The Palais Royal is also on your way to or from the neighboring Louvre Museum.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

A lovely old building full of history & of architectural value, well maintained like most old buildings in France. If you are interested in the history of this place look up the Internet, get a Guide or Guide book as otherwise it will be just a building. In any case worth seeing it for its architectural beauty.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

We recently discovered the Palais Royal when looking for new things to see in Paris. We were not disappointed, Paris in winter has a special kind of beauty and places like the Palais Royal are perfect examples of this. The architecture of the buildings, the uniqueness of the columns and the winter beauty of the garden are just perfect for... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

Not far from the Louvre is this little garden tucked away in the historic Palais Royal. When I read about the modern art columns I thought I wouldn't care for them but they blended really well with the more traditional architecture. In the tree-lined garden there are benches to sit and rest a while, and a lovely little fountain. There... More 

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

Long history of this colonaded square surrounding a spectacular garden with fountains, so read up. Under the columns one finds fancy shops and restaurants. Sit in the park, enjoy the peace and quiet, and remember that Colette lived here.

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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

Next to the big Louvre complex and away from the bus tours is this Palais. Partly a sculpture garden and partly and old fashion garden with unique shops.

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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

As from the historic side of view, this place is filled with unique pieces of unique European art. The place itself is charming and magnetic. Worth visiting!

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Rarely too crowded, lovely trees and fountain (under maintenance right now), lush gardens, surrounded by a beautiful arcade of unique shops and restaurants.

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From the majestic Louvre to the regal Palais-Royal, this neighbourhood oozes luxury. The grand arches along Rue de Rivoli are shadowed by mosaics in front of decorated vitrines and hotels. Place Vendôme is lined with the world’s best jewelers and their glittering window displays. Every other establishment has someone to open the door for you or park your car. You can spend hours gazing at its haute couture shops or lingering over a meal at any of its chic eateries. After all that indulgence, the Tuileries gardens provide stately respite, while theatres compete for your applause. It's a neighbourhood that draws admirers from around the world, all attracted to the luxe life in Paris.
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