2, Place Colette
Tel: +33 (0)1 40 15 80 00
Standing opposite the Louvre, this extravagant palace was originally the residence of Cardinal Richelieu. Following his death it became the property of the King and a center of social and political intrigue. In the late 18th century, the Comédie Française was established here and it remains one of the most important theatres in Paris. The palace is also home to the Conseil d'Etat (the Constitutional Council) and the Ministry of Culture. The outer courtyard's matrix of columns designed by Daniel Buren is a major attraction.