☆ Palais-Royal ☆
Richelieu started the saga by building his residence here; Louis XIV inherited it and gave it to his brother..Philippe d’Orléans and his son extended it..
In 1780, the indebted Philippe Égalité opened up the area around the gardens to commerce: sixty buildings supported by arcades were built to house the stores..
Prostitution, gambling and scandal took hold of the palace.. And as the police were not authorised to operate there, it became a bastion for revolutionary unrest until 1793..
The peaceful Palais-Royal now houses the Ministry of Culture and several institutions, some very chic boutiques, gourmet restaurants and a garden planted with four rows of lime trees..
Although the striped Buren columns almost reignited the revolution here in 1986..
Place du Palais-Royal (1st). M° Palais-Royal – Musée-du-Louvre. www.monuments-nationaux.fr