Fodor's Expert Review Palais Bourbon

Around the Eiffel Tower Government Building

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. Unfortunately, guided tours have been discontinued, but that won't stop you from admiring the architecture and sculpture on display.

Government Building

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33 quai d'Orsay
Paris, Île-de-France  75007, France


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