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  2. The Palace of Versailles was the principal residence of the French kings from the time of Louis XIV to Louis XVI. Embellished by several generations of architects, sculptors, decorators and landscape architects, it provided Europe with a model of the ideal royal residence for over a century. Description is available under license CC-BY-SA IGO 3.0.

  3. Tuileries Palace, French Palais des Tuileries, French royal residence adjacent to the Louvre in Paris before it was destroyed by arson in 1871. Construction of the original palace—commissioned by Catherine de Médicis—was begun in 1564, and in the subsequent 200 years there were many additions and alterations. Among the French architects who worked on the building in the 16th century were ...

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    The screened entrance court faces the Place du Palais-Royal, opposite the Louvre. Originally called the Palais-Cardinal, it was built for Cardinal Richelieu from about 1633 to 1639 by the architect Jacques Lemercier. Richelieu bequeathed it to Louis XIII, and Louis XIV gave it to his younger brother, the Duke of Orléans.

  5. Come visit the palace that was built in the first half of the 17th century for Cardinal Richelieu and later used as a residence by the royal family. Though it went through rough times as well (during the French Revolution) today, it is restored to its former beauty and you can visit its breathtaking gardens and court.

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