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Palais Bourbon Review

The most prominent feature of the Palais Bourbon—home of the Assemblée Nationale (or French Parliament) since 1798—is its colonnaded facade, commissioned by Napoléon to match that of the Madeleine, across the Seine. Jean-Pierre Cortot's sculpted pediment portrays France holding the tablets of Law, flanked by Force and Justice. Inside is an exquisite library with a soaring ceiling of cupolas painted by Delacroix. Visits are by guided tour only (free, in French with an English audioguide); reservations, which are essential, can be made by phone or online. Security is tight. When visiting, bring your passport as proof of identity.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 33 quai d'Orsay, Trocadéro/Tour Eiffel, Paris, 75007 | Map It
  • Phone: 01–40–63–56–00
  • Hours: Tours Mon.–Sat. 9:30, 10:30, 2, and 3; Sat. only when Parliament is in session
  • Website:
  • Metro Assemblée Nationale.
  • Location: Around the Eiffel Tower
Updated: 02-19-2014

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