"The Role of the Former Palais Bourbon" Palais Bourbon - National Assembly Tip by hquittner

  Assemblee Nationale
by hquittner

The Assemblee Nationale is the first chamber of the French Parliament (5th Republic) and has little power. The Senate meets in the Palais-Luxembourg. Originally the Palais-Bourbon, it became a Parliament in 1792. The 577 members sit in a semicircular chamber (redone in 1828) facing the speaker who recognizes them thus as parties of the left or right. There are some rooms and a library that have fine art. The facade is off center and was created by Poyet (1806) for Napoleon who wanted a linear axis through the bridge and Place de la Concorde to the Madelaine. To enhance this, the facade mimics that church with a portico and a pediment which bears sculptures of Cortot (1842). Entry to the debates requires special application (as in most countries). There are sometimes special exhibits. Regular tours are given on Saturdays when the Parliament is not in session 10-1500, starting at 33 Quai d?Orsay. We have only walked or driven by.

Address: 33, Quai d'Orsay 75007 Paris
Directions: Metro: Place de la Concorde
Phone: 01-40-63-6000
Website: http://www.assemblee-nationale.fr/english/#visits

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  • Written Jan 14, 2007
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