"Palais Royal" Palais Royal Tip by Pieter11

Palais Royal, Paris: 38 reviews and 98 photos

  Palais Royal seen from its gardens
by Pieter11

Right behind the Louvre museum, at the Rue de Rivoli, you will find a large building with a lot of French flags. This is the Palais Royal, Royal Palace. This palace was built in the beginning of the 17th century, in order of the famous Cardinal Richelieu, an important advisor of the former King Louis XIII. This is why the first name of the palace was Palais-Cardinal. The building became an important and innovative theatre for the "rich and famous".

After Richelieu died, the building became Royal property and the name changed into Palais Royal. In this period the famous Molière used this theatre for his performances, until the year 1673, when he died. After this period the building burned down twice, but was rebuilt in the same style every time.

Today the building is not open for public: it's the office of the French Ministery of Culture. The famous gardens behind the mainbuilding are opened though.

Address: Rue de Rivoli
Directions: Metro-line 1: Palais-Royal/Musée du Louvre
Phone: +33 1 47 03 92 16
Website: http://palais-royal.monuments-nationaux.fr/en/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 4, 2006
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