Elysee Palace, France Tourist Attractions and Travel

According to the dictates of protocol, it is in this lobby that the President welcomes visiting Heads of State. Paved with white Carrara and Belgian royal red marble, the ceremonial lobby is lit by a 30-lamp gilded bronze chandelier.

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The central mirror reflects a sculpture by Arman, entitled "Homage to the French Revolution," consisting of 200 white marble banners attached to gilded bronze flagpoles. 

Elysee Palace, France, Lounge Murat, Salon Murat, Park

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Lounge Murat

The Cabinet has met in the Salon Murat since the Presidency  of Georges Pompidou. Under General de Gaulle, the Cabinet used to meet in the former dining room, close to his office on the first floor. Louvre Museum

The President and the Prime Minister sit opposite each other on either side of the long table. In the middle of the table stands a portable clock in yellow brass, in the shape of a chest, with a clock face on either side, so that President and Prime Minister can both see the time at the same moment. A blotter and place card is provided at each seat around the table.

Elysee Palace, France, Lounge Murat, Salon Murat, Park

Elysee Palace attractions: Lounge Murat


On the occasion of State banquets given for visiting Heads of State in the nearby Salle des Fêtes (large reception hall), guests are presented to the guest of honour and the President in the Salon Murat.

This salon was installed in response to the wishes of Murat, who felt the Palace needed a great reception hall. The architects B. Vignon and B. Thibault created the salon by joining Nicolas Beaujon's dining room together with the adjacent chapel to form a single room.

On the courtyard side is an outstanding console made in 1820 by the Manufacture de Sèvres to designs by Alexandre-Evariste Fragonard.

The swearing-in ceremony for each new President takes place in this decorations by the Head of State.

This is where the great State hall, as do presentations of banquets are held in honour of visiting Heads of State.

The hall is also used for various other ceremonies, including the traditional Christmas party for staff.

Built under the Presidency of Sadi Carnot on the occasion of the Universal Exposition, to plans by Eugène Debressenne, the hall was inaugurated on May 10, 1889. Its decoration, by the architect Adrien Chancel, was still unfinished at the time, not being completed until just before 1900.

President Mitterrand had the Salle des Fêtes modernized in 1984, opening up ten French windows in the east and south walls to let in the daylight and restore the original rhythm of the Palace's façade.

Various smaller side-rooms were installed on either side of the stage and below the floor.

Elysee Palace, France, Lounge Murat, Salon Murat, Park

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The Park

The garden party traditionally given by the President after the July 14 parade is held in the Palace gardens. Originally, in 1720, the gardens of the Comte d'Evreux's town house were drawn to a regular design.


At the end of the 19th century, a monumental iron gate, known as the Grille du Coq (The Rooster Gate), designed by the architect Adrien Chancel, was erected at the bottom of the garden, along the Avenue Gabriel. Until recently, the overriding impression created by the grounds was of a vast, incurving lawn, surrounded by clumps of trees. Since 1991, the clumps have been reconfigured and planted with new species of trees, producing a greater variety of blossoms, giving an added sense of movement and above all pleasure, to the garden. Finally, fountains " something the park had singularly lacked " have been introduced to bring it to life.

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