Monument, Museums

Museums and Monuments in Les Invalides ?

Les Invalides,  in the city’s 7th arrondissement containing museums and monuments, all relating to the military history of France, as well as a hospital and a retirement home for war veterans, the building’s original purpose. The buildings house the Musée de l’Armée, the military museum of the Army of France, the Musée des Plans-Reliefs, and […]

Landmarks, Monument, Museums

Famous prisoners in la Conciergerie ?

Former royal palace and prison, la Conciergerie is located on the Île de la Cité, in the 4th arrondissement. Antechamber to the guillotine during the French Revolution. Famous prisoners: Queen Marie Antoinette, the poet André Chénier, Charlotte Corday, Madame Élisabeth, Madame du Barry… Today, national historical monument, with Marie Antoinette’s cell top attraction.


The Usual Parisian Residence of most French Monarchs ?

– The Tuileries Palace was the usual Parisian residence of most French monarchs, from Henry IV to Napoleon III, until it was burned by the Paris Commune in 1871. – Catherine de’ Medici (1519–1589), when her husband Henry II of France had died, began building the palace of Tuileries (1564), using architect Philibert de l’Orme. […]


Beneath the Arc de Triomphe ?

Stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle (Place de l’Étoile). Located at the western end of the Champs-Élysées, 8th arrondissement. Built in 1806 after the victory at Austerlitz by Emperor Napoleon. Beneath the Arc is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from the First World War.


Palais Royal Today ?

Located in the 1st arrondissement, the Palais Royal was originally, residence of Cardinal Richelieu, then, of Louis XIII, Anne of Austria, Cardinal Mazarin and the Orléans. Today, houses the Conseil d’État, the Constitutional Council, and the Ministry of Culture.


Assemblée Nationale or Palais Bourbon ?

The Palais Bourbon, a palace located on the left bank of the Seine, across from the Place de la Concorde, is the seat of the French National Assembly, the lower legislative chamber of the French government. The palace was originally built (1722-1728) for the legitimised daughter of Louis XIV and Françoise-Athénaïs, marquise de Montespan – […]


A mausoleum for prominent Frenchmen ?

The Pantheon is  a mausoleum for prominent Frenchmen (Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas, Émile Zola, Marie Curie, Jean Monnet…). It is located in the Latin Quarter, 5th arrondissement, on the Montagne Sainte-Geneviève, near the Jardin du Luxembourg. Modeled on the Pantheon in Rome and commissioned by King Louis XV in 1744.

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