Many of the Palaces and Grand Houses of Paris have survived over the centuries by becoming museums, government institutions or cultural venues so today these impressive buildings can be viewed and enjoyed by the millions of tourists who visit Paris every year and gain an insight into the history of Paris and the beauty of these buildings can be preserved for future generations.
The Château de Versailles, which has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage List for 30 years, is one of the most beautiful achievements of 18th-century French art. The site began as Louis XIII’s hunting lodge before his son Louis XIV transformed and expanded it, moving the court and government of France to Versailles in 1682. Each of the three French kings who lived there until the French Revolution added improvements to make it more beautiful.
The Grand Palais des Champs-Elysées, commonly known as the Grand Palais is a large historic site, exhibition hall and museum complex located at the Champs-Élysées in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, France. Construction of the Grand Palais began in 1897 following the demolition of the Palais de l’Industrie (Palace of Industry) as part of the preparation works for the Universal Exposition of 1900
The Élysée Palace is the official residence of the President of France. Completed in 1722, it was initially built for Henri Louis de La Tour d’Auvergne. It was used as the office of the French President for the first time in 1848. The current building contains the office of the President and the meeting place of the Council of Ministers. It is located near the Champs-Élysées in the 8th arrondissement of Paris
The Palais Bourbon is a government building located in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, on the left bank of the Seine, across from the Place de la Concorde. It is the seat of the French National Assembly. The Palace was originally built beginning in 1722 by Louise-Françoise de Bourbon, the duchesse de Bourbon, the legitimized daughter of Louis XIV, as a country house, surrounded by gardens. It was nationalized during the French Revolution.
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