Elysee Palace, France Tourist Attractions and Travel

The Elysee Palace in France enjoys equal popularity in the world with the Buckingham Palace in the United Kingdom, the Kremlin in Russia as well as the White House in the U.S.A. It is the residence of the president of the French Republic and the symbol of the supreme authority in France.


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The Elysee Palace, with an area of 11,000 square meters, is at the eastern end of the Champs Elysee in the bustling city of Paris proper and backed by a large and tranquil garden of more than twenty thousand square meters. Elysee Palace Travel Its main building, quite handsome and graceful, is a 2-story classical stone architecture of European style, flanked by two side buildings facing each other and with an extensive rectangular courtyard in the middle. There are altogether 369 halls and rooms of different size.

Elysee Palace, France

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According to the dictates of protocol, it is in this lobby that the President welcomes visiting Heads of State. Paved with white Carrara and Belgian royal red marble, the ceremonial lobby is lit by a 30-lamp gilded bronze chandelier. The central mirror reflects a sculpture by Arman, entitled "Homage to the French Revolution," consisting of 200 white marble banners attached to gilded bronze flagpoles.

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The Cabinet has met in the Salon Murat since the Presidencyof Georges Pompidou. Under General de Gaulle, the Cabinet used to meet in the former dining room, close to his office on the first floor. The President and the Prime Minister sit opposite each other on either side of the long table. In the middle of the table stands a portable clock in yellow brass, in the shape of a chest, with a clock face on either side, so that President and Prime Minister can both see the time at the same moment. A blotter and place card is provided at each seat around the table. Elysee Palace Travel On the occasion of State banquets given for visiting Heads of State in the nearby Salle des Fêtes (large reception hall), guests are presented to the guest of honour and the President in the Salon Murat. This salon was France Tourist Attractions installed in response to the wishes of Murat, who felt the Palace needed a great reception hall. The architects B. Vignon and B. Thibault created the salon by joining Nicolas Beaujon's dining room together with the adjacent chapel to form a single room. On the Elysee Palace tourism courtyard side is an outstanding console made in 1820 by the Manufacture de Sèvres to designs by Alexandre-Evariste Fragonard. The swearing-in ceremony for each new President takes place in this decorations by the Head of State. This is where the great State hall, as do presentations of banquets are held in honour of visiting Heads of State. The hall is also used for various other ceremonies, including the traditional Christmas party for staff. New York


Built under the Presidency of Sadi Carnot on the occasion of the Universal Exposition, to plans by Eugène Debressenne, the hall was inaugurated on May 10, 1889. Its decoration, by the architect Adrien Chancel, was still unfinished at the time, not being completed until just before 1900. President Mitterrand had the Salle des Fêtes modernized in 1984, opening up ten French windows in the east and south walls to let in the Elysee Palace Attractions daylight and restore the original rhythm of the Palace's fagade. Various smaller side-rooms were installed on either side of the stage and below the floor.


The garden party traditionally given by the President after the July 14 parade is held in the Palace gardens. Originally, in 1720, the gardens of the Comte d'Evreux's town house were drawn to a regular design.


At the end of the 19th century, a monumental iron gate, known as the Grille du Coq (The Rooster Gate), designed by the architect Adrien Chancel, was erected at the bottom of the garden, along the Avenue Gabriel. Until recently, the overriding impression created by the grounds was of a vast, incurving lawn, surrounded by clumps of trees. Since 1991, the clumps have been reconfigured and planted with Elysee Palace attractions new species of trees, producing a greater variety of blossoms, giving an added sense of movement and above all pleasure, to the garden. Finally, fountains "something the park had singularly lacked "have been introduced to bring it to life.


The Elysee Palace, built in 1718, has a long history of closing to 300 years to date. This house was at first a private residence of a count named d'Evreau, hence it was called Hotel d' Evreau. It had later gone through many vicissitudes and its owners had been changed for many times, but all the dwellers in it were distinguished personages and high officials. The Elysee Palace tourism house was renamed Bonaparte Mansion when it was owned by Louis XV and Louis XVI successively when they acted as emperors. Napoleon I signed his act of abdication here when he had suffered crushing defeat in the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Napoleon III moved in the Mansion in 1848 when he was elected president, and the house became a Royal Palace when he proclaimed himself as emperor. Elysee Palace Travel The Third French Republic issued a decree in 1873, designating officially the Elysee Palace as the residence of president of the French Republic. Over the France Tourist Attractions hundred odd years since then, almost all the presidents of the French Republic worked and lived there. Starting from 1989, the Elysee Palace is open to the public every year in September on the French Castles Day.

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