Facing the Louvre, the Cardinal de Richelieu decided in 1633 to erect the Royal Palace. It was the residence of the royal families until the construction of Versailles. Subsequently, the Palais Royal became an essential place in Paris, combining shows, restaurants, cafes, shops but also games and prostitution. The Palace experienced some turbulent periods, notably when it was looted during the Revolution of 1848, or even during the fires of the commune. Today the Constitutional Council, the Council of State and the Comédie Française sit in the Palace. You can freely walk around its gardens and discover the famous colones of Buren.
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