Palais de l’Elysée

French presidential Elysée Palace

The French president works and lives there. It’s located on 55 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in the 8th district of the French capital, near the Champs-Elysées. You can visit it once a year. What is it? (drum roll…) Le Palais de l’Elysée, or in English, the French presidential Elysée Palace.

Between 1718 and 1722, a “hôtel particulier” was constructed by the architect Armand-Claude Mollet for the count of Evreux. That was a long time ago, when Paris was a small town surrounded by fields and villages. The mansion received some modifications, mainly inside the house. The structure as we know it is from 1853, under Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte, when the architect Joseph-Eugène Lacroix renovated the building.


The official presidential residence and office

The official presidential residence and office | Paris Attitude

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Now, and since 1871 during the Third Republic, the Elysée Palace became the official presidential residence and office with an exception, during the Second World War, when the building was closed and empty. Then the first president who came back was Vincent Auriol in 1947.
The famous first president of the Fifth Republic, Général de Gaulle, worked there during ten years, from 1959 to 1969. But he couldn’t bear the lack of privacy. So the Hôtel de Marigny was bought during his presidential term to accommodate foreign state officials on visit to France.


Visit of the Elysée Palace and its garden

The Elysée Palace is surrounded by a 2-hectare garden which previously received the annual “Garden Party” for the French national day on July 14th. In 2010, President Sarkozy stopped organizing this event because of France’s debt and national economic crisis. The garden is open to public the last Sunday of every month.
Video in French

However, the Elysée Palace can be visited only once a year during the “Journées Européennes du Patrimoine” (European Heritage Days), every mid-September. The main gate gives on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, a long shopping street, with international luxurious brands. For example, the prestigious Maison Hermès was founded in 1880 when Thierry Hermès moved his saddler shop in the now famous street. This district might be one of the wealthiest of Paris.
Video in French
Video in French

Metro station: Champs-Elysées-Clémenceau


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