The Palais Cardinal (future Palais Royal, Paris) by an unknown artist (adjusted)

Drawing of the Palais Royal from 1641.

The Palais-Royal (French pronunciation:[pa.lɛ ʁwa.jal]), originally called the Palais-Cardinal, is a palace and an associated garden located in the 1st arrondissement of Paris. Facing the Place du Palais-Royal, it stands opposite the north wing of the Louvre, and its famous forecourt (cour d'honneur), screened with columns and, since 1986, containing Daniel Buren's site-specific artpiece, Les Deux Plateaux, known as Les Colonnes de Buren.

Palais-Royal in 1632Edit

In the 1630s, the palace was known as the Palais-Cardinal, and was the personal residence of Cardinal Richelieu. Its wide view of the Louvre, which was then a royal palace, served as a reminder that Richelieu's own power was ultimately derived from the king.