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Palais Bourbon in Paris is home to the French National Assembly. It is a beautiful historic building with Renaissance architecture. It was formerly a palace constructed for the daughter of Louis XIV. This beautiful structure was designed by Lorenzo Giardini and Jules Hardouin-Mansart. It is also known as the maison de plaisance and it overlooks the river Seine. Hôtel de Lassay, next to this building is the official residence of the National Assembly's President. Palais Bourbon has a beautiful collection of paintings, sculptures, medals and furniture. Guided tours for big groups can be organized.
The Palais' construction was commissioned in 1615 by princess regent Marie de Médicis, who bought the Duke of Luxembourg's private mansion and entrusted architect Salomon de Brosse with its transformation into a royal palace. The inspiration for its Renaissance style came from Tuscany, Marie de Médicis' birthplace; it remained royal property under the reign of Louis XIV (who raised his children here) and then became a prison under the 18th Century Convention (France's short-term, post-Revolution government). During the Second World War it was used by the German Luftwaffe (Air Force) as their headquarters. Today, it is home to the Sénat (upper house of the French parliament) and its garden (Jardin du Luxembourg) is one of Paris' favorites. The Musée du Luxembourg is nearby.
The Palais de l'Élysée (Élysée Palace) is the official home of the President of France. It was built in 1722, between the Grande Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré: a small road leading to the village of Roule, and the Champs-Élysées, by architect Armand-Claude Mollet. The structures are a prime example of the classical style. There's an entrance vestibule running along the ceremonial courtyard and gardens, a long central building, a State, apartment divided down the middle by a large salon that opens out onto the garden. In the early 1880s, the National Assembly issued a decree designating the Élysée as the Residence of the French President, and it is a potent symbol of the French Republic.
Palais-Royal has a storied past, evolving from a palace for Cardinal de Richelieu to a debaucherous hideout under the leadership of Louis XIV's brother to a center for new ideas and innovative thinkers during the Age of Enlightenment. Revolutionary Camille Desmoulins solidified the role of Palais-Royal as a historic locale by gathering a crowd and planning a rebellion at the Palais arches. Today, this palace features a serene garden and hosts the Ministry for the Arts and the Council of State.
Situated in the first arrondissement of Paris, Louvre Palace is a beautiful and historical attraction visited by many. A section of this iconic palace houses the world renowned Louvre Museum. This magnificent building was first used as the royal residence in the 14th Century under the reign of Charles V. The Louvre Palace has been modified and expanded many times over the years. As a result, the palace complex is divided into the Old Louvre and the New Louvre. The Old Louvre consists of mainly buildings from the Renaissance period and the New Louvre consists of buildings that were built in the 19th Century.