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Elysee Palace: photos, description Palais de l'elysee)

The words "élysée Palace" means rather the Supreme authority of France, rather than architectural landmark, the standard of French classicism. In guidebooks to Paris to the Palace is paid a modest place affects the fact that the residence of the President of France is almost inaccessible for visitors. Now tours are held here only once a month, and recently the chance to see the Palace fell only once a year.

The name of the Palace received from the main street of Paris, Champs Elysees, in the Park of which and the residence. The Palace was built in XVIII century as a private mansion. From 1753 it belonged mistress of Louis XV, Madame de Pompadour. Later the Palace passed from hand to hand while the Marshal Joachim Murat didn't give it to Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. In 1848, the élysée Palace was declared the official residence of the head of the Second Republic, and in 1873 became the residence of the President of the country.

The Palace was thoroughly rebuilt on the eve of the world exhibition of 1899: here there was a Festive hall. Ever since the appearance of the building is almost unchanged, there were only technical improvements: electricity, telephone, Central heating. The last major change was the device when President Giscard d'estaing well-fortified underground "Cabinet of Jupiter", where the French commander-in-chief of the armed forces may order the use of nuclear weapons.

As for the interior decoration, at the time, General de Gaulle decided to use the Golden lounge, located on the second floor as his office - this tradition has been preserved. In the former music salon of Madame Pompadour meets every Wednesday, the Council of Ministers of France.

In the West wing of the Palace contains rooms for official receptions. In the former Winter garden of the presidential Protocol are given lunch. In the East wing are the private chambers of the presidential couple.

Every year on 14 July, Bastille day, in the gardens of the Palace celebrations are held on the occasion of the state holiday - the day of the French Republic.