France, Paris, Palais Royal

Paris, Palais Royal

The Palais Royal was built in 1629 by Cardinal Richelieu and it currently houses the Ministry of Culture, the Conseil d'état and the Constitutional Council. The Palais Royal was the home of the Sun King Louis XIV in his youth and also other royals live there until it was destroyed in the Revolution. Because of the basic structure survived the building could be rebuilt in 1876 and was handed over the government. The palace is not open to the public, but you can visit the courtyard and the garden. The courtyard, known as Cour d'Honneur, is dominated by a large sculpture by Daniel Buren, installed in 1986.