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Palais Royal, Paris: 38 reviews and 98 photos

This palace fronting the Rue de Rivoli began as a small private theatre in the residence of Cardinal Richelieu. It was the first theatre in France with movable scenery wings and began in 1641. Following his death it became royal property by his will and was used for shows and entertainment. Only rarely has it served as a palace for the royal family. It is most famous for the front courtyard filled with columns. The uprising which led to the fall of the Bastille began in the gardens of this palace. Later in the French Revolution, the gardens were opened to the public and arcades built for upscale shopping (the knife used to murder Jean Marat was purchased here). It remained a center of Paris social life until being looted in the mid 19th Century during the Revolution of 1848. Today it houses government offices and is closed to the public. However the front courtyard is open and often nearly deserted, offering a respite from the tumult of the Rue de Rivoli and the Louvre across the street.

Phone: +33 1 47 03 92 16
Website: http://palais-royal.monuments-nationaux.fr/en/

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  • Written May 4, 2006
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