"The Palais Royal and Buren's columns" Walking Around Tip by mariev
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The Palais Royal was built in 1629 for the Cardinal de Richelieu and given to Louis XIII after his death. It consists in two intersting parts : the palace itself and the galleries surrounding it.
The main courtyard, with access via a vaulted passage, is now decorated with a set of 260 unequal sections of columns, striped black and white, courtesy to the sculptor Paul Buren.
Initially (in 1986), this exhibit created a lot of controversy but is now totaly part of parisan landscape as the columns have been found useful for more than one purpose : children's games, seats, ...
The Palais Royal houses the Council of the state, the Constitutional Council, the ministry of Culture,those can be visited only once a year (during the journées du Patrimoine - 2nd week end of September) and the Comedie Française (you can visit on appointment or each 3rd sunday of the month : http://www.comedie-francaise.fr/en/histoire/visiter_cf.php)
The old gardens, surrounded by the galleries, hosting luxury shops, are a haven of peace
Place du Palais-Royal, 75001 Paris
Metro line 1 or 7 - Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre
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