Join the Paris Chapter for a private visit of the imposing Hôtel de La Vrillière, now the headquarters of the Banque de France. It was built in the 17th century by François Mansart for Louis XIII’s Secretary of State, le Marquis de La Vrillière. Le Comte de Toulouse, King Louis XIV’s illegitimate son, bought it in the 18th century. Robert de Cotte redecorated the “Galerie Dorée”, a sumptuous setting for the sculptures and paintings of the owner, an enlightened connoisseur. In 1808, the palace was acquired by the Banque de France which had been created in 1800 by Napoléon Bonaparte. The dazzling “Galerie Dorée” (40m long, 10m wide, 8m high), built prior to the “Galerie des Glaces” in Versailles, is one of the jewels of the rocaille architecture. Under the leadership of the last Governors, the Galerie Dorée became once again the privileged setting for many institutional events: on January 3rd, 1999, Governor Jean-Claude Trichet hailed in front of the media the accession of the scriptural euro … and in 2005 the Galerie hosted the filming of Sofia Coppola’s Marie-Antoinette! We will have the privilege to discover this palace, very rarely open to the public, with the Head of the Heritage and Archives Department of the Banque de France.
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Cost : 45€
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