L’Assemblée Nationale – formerly known as the Palais Bourbon – houses the National Assembly, France’s lower house. The original Palais was a historic, elegant building originally built for Lousie-Fracoise de Bourbon, duchess of Bourbon and daughter of Louis XIV.
The Palais Bourbon was nationalized during the French Revolution and has seated the Assemblée Nationale ever since 1830.
The Assemblée’s interesting architecture was designed by Italian architect Lorenzo Giardini and its library holds l'Histoire de la civilization, Delacroix’s famous painting. In 1804, Napoleon requested its iconic colonnaded front be added in order to mirror the Madeleine temple on the other side of the river Seine.
Guided tours will also take you through the palace’s extensive museum, which contain such historic treasures as the transcripts of Joan of Arc’s trial and some of Rousseau’s manuscripts. A gallery connects the Palais to the Hôtel de Lassay, the Assamblée Nationale’s President’s official residence.
And if you’re really interested in being a part of France’s political life, the Assamblée National offers locals and tourists the possibility to attend one of its many assembly debates. Just make sure to plan ahead and get an invitation or be one of the first 10 people present at the entrance located on 33 Quai d’Orsay before the debate starts!
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