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Palais Royal (Royal Palace): photo description (Palais Royal)

Palais Royal - Royal Palace - it wasn't always Royal. At first it was called the Palais-Cardinal, because it was built by cardinal Richelieu.

Richelieu, a great lover of beauty and comfort, have managed to build a Palace far exceeding that of the nearby Louvre. Perhaps the Royal family a little jealous of something so amazing - anyway, Richelieu felt it best to leave the Palace family of the monarch.

After the death of Louis XIII is here removed from the Louvre, the widow Anne of Austria with children. The Palace became the Royal. Here is the childhood of Louis XIV, the Sun King. Matured, he's settled here, his mistress, Louise de La Valliere, but it will be forced to hide from the Palais-Royal during the Fronde.

Then Louis gave the Palace to brother, Philippe d'orléans. Accustomed to a life of luxury and always feel the need to money, Philip put the case on a commercial basis. In front of the Palace arose cafes and shops. There was a theatre, later turned into the comédie-française. Then even a circus tent. For several years the neighborhood around the Palais Royal became a huge entertainment center, which included even a brothel.

But here is where the revolution began, it was here that the crowd moved to take the Bastille. Philip of Orleans was executed, the Palace was nationalized, but briefly came the Restoration, returned to the former owners, the Palace shines again. But it's a temporary Shine: back to the revolution of 1848 the Palais Royal in decline, and the Paris commune and does burn.

In 1873, the Palace was restored. From this time it constantly placed the French Council of State, constitutional Council and the Ministry of culture.

The most recent reconstruction of the Palais Royal ended in 1986. At the entrance to the Palace garden appeared the so-called Colonnes de Buren - segments 260 columns of different heights, lined with black and white marble. The Parisians argued two years before you go on posting here such an unusual installation. In the end, get used to this idea and consider now the columns of Buren, one of the attractions of Paris.