Monday, 30 October – PRIVATE VISIT – Palais du Luxembourg


Accueil du Sénat – 15 ter rue de Vaugirard, Paris 6e

An architectural gem, the Palais du Luxembourg was built in the early 17th century by Marie de Médicis. In 1715, the regent Philippe d’Orléans gave it to his daughter, the Duchess of Berry, who led a life of festivities and pleasure there. In 1759, La Fayette’s widowed mother Marie Louise Julie de La Rivière moved in for a while. She was 22 and La Fayette only 2 years old. In 1791, the Luxembourg Palace was declared a “national property” and used as a prison during the Terror. In 1799, Napoleon Bonaparte and the conservative Senate (Constitution of the Year VIII) moved in. Since then, the Palais du Luxembourg has been the seat of French Senate.

The gallery features busts of great figures of the 19th century: Jules Ferry, Gambetta, Lamartine, Adolphe Thiers …and Oscar-Thomas-Gilbert du Motier de Lafayette, grandson of the Marquis. It is through this gallery that the President of the Senate enters the Chamber.

Please register by October 15 via the link below.

–       As the visit is limited to 25 people, registration is restricted to Chapter members only. After 15 October, we might come back to you to extend the invitation.

–       Please bring photo ID and allow 15 minutes for security checks to enter the building.