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Palais Bourbon, Paris
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The Palais Bourbon is a palace located in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, on the left bank of the Seine, across from the Place de la Concorde. It is the seat of the French National Assembly, the lower legislative chamber of the French government.HistoryThe palace was originally built for the legitimised daughter of Louis XIV and Françoise-Athénaïs, marquise de Montespan - Louise-Françoise de Bourbon, duchesse de Bourbon, to a design by the Italian architect Lorenzo Giardini, approved by Jules Hardouin-Mansart. Giardini oversaw the actual construction from 1722 until his death in 1724, after which Jacques Gabriel took over, assisted by L'Assurance and other designers, until its completion in 1728.Rather than a palace, for it was not a royal seat of power, the French termed it a maison de plaisance overlooking the Seine, facing the Tuileries to the east and the developing Champs-Élysées on the west. At the start it was composed of a principal block with simple wings ending in matching pavilions. Bosquets of trees—planted in orderly rank and file—and parterres separated it from the nearby Hôtel de Lassay. In 1756 Louis XV bought it for the Crown, then sold it to the grandson of the Duchess, Louis Joseph, Prince of Condé, for whom Jacques-Germain Soufflot directed an enlargement in 1765.
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  • Impressive architecture (at least from the outside, I didn't get to enter). Huge building where, nowadays, the National Assembly is headquartered. 
  • Palace on the banks of the river Seine, where resides the French National Assembly. The facade is full of columns and seems a pantheon. It is opposite the Concordia bridge and the square of the same name as the bridge.
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  • This is a Parliament of France. Madeleine, Concorde and the Bourbon Palace, Les Invalides and aligned side by side, looking back from the entrance of Madeleine and looks right in front. Inside is said privately, but the look is good.
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  • The National Assembly. Flags were at half-mast just after the terrorist attack in Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray.
  • Got the luck to visit an important piece of French politics life in a old stylish palace
  • Palais Bourbon, the house of French National Assembly or the lower legislative chamber of French government. History fact: Originally built as a country house in 1722 by Louise Francoise de Bourbon, it was then nationalized during the French Revolution. In the beginning of 1806, Napoleon Bonaparte added the classical colonade, to mirror the L'eglise de la Madeleine.
  • Great architect..
  • Nice place to visit, with free tours (reservation needed) offered, lasting 1-1.5hr