Paris Sights

Palais Bourbon

  • 33 quai d'Orsay Map It
  • Trocadéro/Tour Eiffel
  • Government Building

Published 06/25/2015

Fodor's 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.

Sight Information

Address:

33 quai d'Orsay, Paris, 75007, France

Map It

Phone:

/01–40–63–56–00

Sight Details:

  • Tours 10, 11, 2, and 3 (tour days vary from week to week); Sat. only when Parliament is in session

Published 06/25/2015

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