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VA221 The French Senate: Amazing and Unique Architecture

  • 22 Apr 2014
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • meet at 9:45 AM 15, rue de Vaugirard - 75015 Paris. Métro Odéon (line 4, 10) or RER B (Luxembourg).
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Tuesday, April 22

The Luxembourg Palace, located in the 6th district of Paris, was commissioned by Marie de Medici in the early 17th century. Salomon de Brosse, the man in charge of its construction, was inspired by the architecture of the Palazzo Pitti in Florence. Primarily used as a princely residence, it was declared a National Palace in 1791 before providing an appropriately democratic setting for the permanent assembly from 1804.

Come and discover this extraordinary monument: the Chamber made up of two hemicycles where the senate holds its debates, its sumptuous library, its monumental main staircase built by Chalgrin (designer of the Arc de Triomphe), the gallery of busts of famous 19th century Senators, as well as the Conference Hall filled entirely with mirrors, gold, paintings and sculptures.

Enjoy the art and architecture of this palace, learn about the responsibilities of a senator and discover the privileged working environment of the senators. 

This lecture will be of interest to everyone and is also suitable for non-English speakers who are learning English.

Instructor: The instructor will be provided by le Sénat.

Deadline for registration: April 18th.

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