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Palais Royal

Palais Royal

This peaceful, nostalgic garden is nestled in magnificent 17th-century architecture, and home to contemporary sculptures by Buren and Bury.


Essentials


Opened in 1633
20,850 sq m


Note

This garden does not belong to the City of Paris: it is run by the French State.
Enquiries: +33(0)1 47 03 92 16. More info here 

Free entrance


Don’t miss

Buren’s columns, the arcades.
 

Getting there

- Place du Palais Royal, Rue de Montpensier, Rue de Beaujolais and Rue de Valois (Paris 01)
- Metro: Palais Royal

Road map here 

 

Opening hours and pictures

See the detailed page 

 

The "Jardin du Palais royal" website  

 

 

Things to do

 
Four double rows of lime trees dating back to the 1970s and chestnut trees planted in 1910 (to the north) tower overhead the Palais-Royal garden’s dignified aisles – alongside another 466 trees. The fountains in the lake in the middle of the garden fan out over two vast greens skirting the flowerbeds that landscaper Mark Rudkin redesigned. 

Elegant marble statues – Adolphe Thabard’s Le Charmeur de Serpent (1875) and Paul Lemoyne’s Le Pâtre et la Chèvre (1830), to name only two – seem to stretch out to the fluted pilasters and Corinthian capitals that architect Victor Louis (1731-1811) used to decorate the splendid buildings encircling the garden. Pierre Fontaine (1762-1853) built the Montpensier and Valois wings. The galleries that were bustling with life in years gone by open out onto the garden through 180 arcades – which will provide welcome respite from the summer sun!


The gate towards Place du Palais Royal is where you will find the striped grey and white columns that Daniel Buren built in 1986 – and which sparked fierce controversy. The coins lying in the water underfoot are tokens of lovesick Parisians’ yearnings.


History trivia

Cardinal de Richelieu had the Palais Royal and gardens built. The Palais Cardinal (as it was fittingly named at first) featured two lakes and fountains, statues, flowerbeds, two elm-flanked alleys, and a small wood. Desgots, the king’s head gardener, designed it. It opened to the public shortly thereafter.
Charles X (1824-1830) changed the layout, and it has remained pretty much the same to this day.



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