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Ouverture de la salle du Congrès

On the occasion of the 32d European Heritage Days, on 19 and 20 September 2015, the Congress Room of the Palace of Versailles and the parliamentary rooms next to it will be exceptionally open.

With the patronage of the President of the Senate and the President of the National Assembly, visitors are invited to relive the funding moments of the national history and the time of the Republic in Versailles.
Free access to the South Wing

La Salle du CongrèsThe Congress Room

The rooms open for visit

The Congress Room

After the french-german war of 1870-1871, as the two assemblies of the new Republic sit in Versailles, this big assembly room is set up at the center of the South Wing. Since the governement moved in Versailles, the National Assembly elected in Versailles in February 1871 gathered in the royal Opera. However, after the creation of the two assemblies through the constitutional laws of 1875, a new assembly room was needed as the Senate kept the royal Opera. The architect Edmond de Joly is chosen to build the new room in which the National Assembly moved in 1876 and stayed to 1879. Inspired by the two assembly rooms of the Palais Bourbon and the Palais of Luxembourg, the Congress Room is a mix and a reinterpretation between different styles of the past, including from Versailles. With 800 seats, it stayed the place where the presidential elections were held until 1958, before hosting the constitutional revision votes. The last time the French Parliament gathered in Congress was on 22 June 2009. On this occasion, the President of the Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy, expressed himself in front of the two chambers (first application of the constitutional revision of the 23 July 2008).

La Salle du SceauThe Seal room

The room of the Seal

It hosts the seal used to athenticate the official acts produced at first by the National Assembly and now by the two assemblies gathered in Congress.

The apartments of the President of the National Assembly.

In these rooms arrenged in 1875 by Edmond de Joly, the President of the Republic, elected by the joined assemblies in Versailles until the constitutional revision of 1958, would receive the symbols of his nomination.

The visitors will also be able to visit :

  • The Empire rooms which are part of the Museum of French history created by Louis-Philippe between 1833 and 1848 and which retraces the Napoleonian saga.
  • The Battles Gallery, wanted by Louis-Philippe, it's the modern match of the Hall of Mirrors where are illustrated through monumental paintings the most victorious battles which shaped France.
  • The Provence staircase, which is one of the rare construction of Louis XVI reign in the Palace of Versailles.
  • The Marengo room, named after the great victory of Napoléon Bonaparte, First Consul, during his second campaign in Italy in 1800.

 

Bureau des appartements du Président de l'Assemblée NationaleOffice of the apartments of
the President of the National Assembly

Practical Information

On 19 and 20 September 2015, from 9:00AM to 6:30PM (last entry at 5:00PM)

Free access to the South Wing through the 2 rue de l'Indépendance Américaine in Versailles

Warning : visitors still need tickets to acces the Palace of Versailles, the Palaces of Trianon and Marie-Antoinette Estate, as well as the Musical Fountain Shows in the Gardens.


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