Surrounded by the world-famous Luxembourg Gardens, this 17th-century palace has been the seat of the French Senate since 1804 and it is here that the French Senate still meets today. Part of the palace also contains a sizable palace library, with over 450,000 books.
Works on the Luxembourg Palace started in the early 17th century, at the behest of Queen Marie of the Medicis. Consequently, it passed through the ownership of several other prominent personalities of the era, including King Louis XIV and the infamous Madame de Berry, only to eventually be seized by the French Revolutionists and turned into the home of Napoleon. It had even served as a home to the Nazi general Hermann Göring during the Second World War.
Since the Palace still serves as the meeting place of the French Senate, access to it is only allowed to people or groups who obtain a permit from one of the senators and only at specifically designated times. It is even possible to attend senate meetings open to the public here.
Palais du Luxembourg tours are organised on Mondays and Fridays, provided that the Senate is not in session, for a maximum of 40 people. Open for the European Heritage Days during the 3rd weekend of September.
Individual tours have been canceled until further notice.
Free tours are also possible during the European Heritage Days on the 3rd week of September.
Official website http://www.senat.fr/lng/en/the_luxembourg_palace.html
Phone +33 1 44 54 19 30
Address Rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris, France
Coordinates 48°50'54.504" N 2°20'14.146" E