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Élysée Palace, Paris

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#149 of 298 in Sightseeing in Paris
Government Building Landmark
Élysée Palace is the official residence of the President of the French Republic, containing his office, and is where the Council of Ministers meets. You can only view this site from a distance, as security is locked tight. The best time to go may be at the top of each hour, when the changing of the guard occurs. Meanwhile, check out the upscale shopping in the area accompanied by beautiful architecture.

Élysée Palace also has French-style gardens, containing patterned flowerbeds and alleys of chestnut trees lined with hedgerows, in which presidents hosted parties on the afternoon of Bastille Day until 2010. Since then, Nicolas Sarkozy, the former President of France, decided to stop organizing this event because of France's high debt and the economic crisis. Take a look at our Paris travel itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Élysée Palace and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • We have just passed by because you can not go insidedue to the security issues. Élysée Palace is the official residence of the President of France since 1848. But once per year the palace is open on E...  more »
  • A nice old building of historical & architectural value full of history.Well maintained. This building has been the official residence of the President of France since 1848. One can see it only from t...  more »
  • The Palace is open free to the public on Herritage weekend in Sept each year. We were so looking forward to seeing this very famous palace. BUT not prepared for the 6 hour wait!! You read right....6 h...  more »
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  • I'm sure it's spectacular, but you can't see it behind the high walls, and if you do try and go in, it's a hell of a long wait.
  • The place is really nice but way too much untidy: full of old junk trying to look like humans, crooks and sleeping people everywhere.
  • From outside is looking good ..and is one strange sensation..what makes you to enter inside ..
  • the good news of the century sarkozy dont back
  • I LOVE IT THATS WHY I GAVE IT A 1

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