Top Ten Essential Architecture top Paris Palaces  
     
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1 Palace of Versailles  
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architect

Louis Le Vau  1678 Jules Hardouin Mansart

location

Versailles, outside Paris

date

1661 

style

French Renaissance, French Baroque

construction

masonry

type

Palace

The Château de Versailles —or simply Versailles— is a royal château, in Versailles, France. In English it is often referred to as the Palace of Versailles. When the château was built Versailles was a country village, but it is now a suburb of Paris with city status in its own right. From 1682, when King Louis XIV moved from Paris, until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in 1789, the Court of Versailles was the centre of power in Ancien Régime France.
 
     
2 Chateau de Villette,  
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architect

Francois Mansart

location

Condecourt, Val-d'Oise, France (35 minutes northwest of Paris)

date

1668-1696

style

French Baroque

construction

 

type

palace

Designed by architect Francois Mansart around 1668 for Jean Dyel, the Comte d'Aufflay, Louis XIV's ambassador to Venice and finished around 1696 by his nephew Jules Hardouin-Mansart. One of the most significant historical Chateaux in France, Villette is at once both simple and sumptuous with the great octagonal salon in white and blue that has dessus-de-portes by Boucher, the elegant dining room with the original 17th century carved stone buffet, magnificent boiseries and the stone entry hall which completely exalts the classicism of the period.
 
     
3 Palais de Chaillot  
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architect

Louis-Hippolyte Boileau, Jacques Carlu and Léon Azema

location

metro station: Trocadéro

date

1936

style

Stripped Classical

construction

white stone

type

Exhibition hall

For the Exposition Internationale of 1937, the old Palais du Trocadéro was demolished and replaced by the Palais de Chaillot which now tops the hill. It was designed in classicizing "moderne" style by architects Louis-Hippolyte Boileau, Jacques Carlu and Léon Azema. Like the old palais, the palais de Chaillot features two wings shaped to form a wide arc: indeed, these wings were build on the foundations of those of the former building. However, unlike the old palais, the wings are independent buildings and there is no central element to connect them: instead, a wide esplanade leaves an open view from the place du Trocadéro to the Eiffel Tower and beyond.
 
     
4 Château de Maisons near Paris  

architect

François Mansart

location

near Paris

date

1642

style

French Baroque

construction

Stone

type

Palace

The Château de Maisons (now Château de Maisons-Laffitte), in Yvelines, Île-de-France, designed by François Mansart from 1630 to 1651, is a prime example of French baroque architecture and a reference point in the history of French architecture.
 
     
5 Vaux-le-Vicomte near Paris  

architect

Louis Le Vau and André Le Nôtre

location

near Paris

date

1661

style

French Baroque

construction

Stone

type

Palace

The Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte is a Classical French chateau located in Maincy, near Melun, 55 km southeast of Paris in the Seine-et-Marne département of France. It was built from 1658 to 1661 for Nicolas Fouquet, Marquis de Belle-Isle (Belle-Ile-en-Mer), Viscount of Melun and Vaux, the superintendent of finances of Louis XIV.
 
     
6 Palais de L'Élysée  
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architect

Jean Cailleteau, known as Lassurance the Younger

location

55-7, rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré

date

1718

style

Second Empire

construction

masonry

type

Palace

The Palais de L'Élysée has its entrance on the rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré but the property occupies a full block that extends to Avenue Gabriel and much of the block consists of gardens. 
 
     
8 Jardins des Tuileries  

architect

Philibert de l'Orme

location

Paris 1st - métro: Tuileries or Concorde
Former royal garden when the Louvre was the home of French kings, the Jardins des Tuileries have recently been embellished and are very pleasant today. Nice view over the Louvre, place de la Concorde and Musée d'Orsay.

date

Built 1564- Burnt 1871, demolished 1873.

style

French Baroque

construction

Stone

type

Outdoor space/ Park Palace

The Tuileries Palace stood in Paris, France, on the right bank of the River Seine until 1871, when it was destroyed. It closed the western end of the Louvre courtyard, which has remained unopen since the destruction of the palace.
 
     
9 Jardin du Luxembourg  

architect

Salomon de Brosse

location

Paris 6th - métro: Odéon or St-Michel or RER Luxembourg
One of the most romantic parks in Paris.
Luxembourg is the garden of the French Senate, which is itself housed in the Luxembourg Palace.

date

1615.

style

French Baroque

construction

Stone

type

Outdoor space/ Park Palace

The Palais du Luxembourg in the VIe arrondissement of Paris, north of the Luxembourg Garden, is where the French Senate meets.
The formal Luxembourg Garden (Jardin du Luxembourg) presents a 25-hectare green parterre of gravel and lawn populated with statues and provided with large basins of water where children sail model boats. In the southwest corner, there is an orchard of apple and pear trees and the théâtre des marionettes (puppet theatre).
 
     
10 Jardins du Palais Royal  

architect

Jacques Lemercier

location

Paris 1st - métro: Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre- 6 rue de Montpensie 75001 PARIS
Surrounded by beautiful covered galleries, this park was the site of many historical events.

date

1634

style

French Baroque

construction

Stone

type

Outdoor space/ Park Palace