Palais-Royal Garden

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  • The house where Colette lived

    It's for you to find ! Tip 1 : look in one the streets bordering the Garden of the Palais-Royal. Tip 2 : you can rule out de Montpensier street. Oh, by the way, Colette is a famous french early 20th century writer.
  • The little cannon

    Every wednesday at noon, it fires. Originally build in 1786, stolen in 1998, and since replaced by a copy, it is fully functional again since 2011. It is quite easy to find, but will you manage to take a picture that answers why it is fired exactly at noon ?

The place

The Garden as well as the entire Palais-Royal complex is an exquisite place situated just north of The Louvre Palace, west of the Bank of France and right near the Comédie-Française (France prestigious state theater) and the Louvre des Antiquaires (a group of 250 antiques and jewellery shops).

If entering the garden by the north (from Vivienne or des Petits-Champs streets), you'll probably exit at the controversial Buren's columns (1986, restored in 2009 ; the installation actual name is "Les Deux Plateaux"). You'll then find the Saint-Honoré street and the Square of the Palais-Royal, from where you can see the Cour de l'horloge.

The Palais-Royal now houses the Conseil d'Etat (whose entrance is situated Cour de l'horloge), the Constitutional Council and the Ministry of Culture.

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  • Opening hours - From October 1st to March 31, 7am to 8.30pm - From April 1st to May 31, 7am to 10.15pm - From June 1st to August 31, 7am to 11pm - From September 1st to 30, 7am to 9.30pm
  • The history of the Palais-Royal - The palace was the personal residence of Cardinal Richelieu, who commissioned it, from 1628 to 1642. It then became the property of the King of France and acquired the name Palais-Royal. In the 1780's, the gardens were surrounded by a complex of buildings and galleries which formed a shopping and entertainment site with a reputation of debauchery. This ended in 1836 when the gambling houses were closed, and since 1870, the complex houses different french administrations.
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