Palais Royal: A History


Palais Royal: From Royalty to Politics

In the first arrondissement of Paris is the Palais Royal. Known for its beautiful garden beautiful interior, this palace has been deeply rooted in Parisian history. And while its really known among Parisians, it is a little less known among tourists. So here is a little history on Paris' other palace.

Fit for a Cardinal

The place was originally called Palais Cardinal after Cardinal Richelieu. But when the cardinal died during its completion, the place became property of the king. Louis XIII changed the name to Palais Royal and was his residence until his death.

Exiled Royalty

After the death of Louis XIII, the wife and daughter of Charles I of England were exiled to France. They took up residence in the Palais Royal. They ran away during the English Civil War and chose to stay in Paris because Louis XIV and Henrietta Maria were nephew and aunt.

Part of the Palace seen from the Garden

Palais d'Egalité

During the French Revolution, Philippe d'Orléans, the current nobility taking up residence in the Palais Royal, changed his name to Philippe Egalité. He opened the gardens to all Parisians. This helped him gain popularity in Paris during the Revolution.

Today's Palace

Today the Palais Royal is a center for politics. While the gardens are still open to the public, the entirety of the palace is not accessible to the public. It houses the Constitutional Council and the Ministry of Culture.

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