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3 Palaces to explore in Île-de-France

The most populous of the 18 regions of France. It is located in the north-central part of the country and often called the Paris Region because it includes the city of Paris. Île-de-France is densely populated and economically important: it covers only about 2% of France's territory, but has an official estimated population of 12,213,364 (18.2% of the population of France) and accounts for nearly 30% of the French GDP.

Domaine National du Palais-Royal8 Rue de Montpensier, 75001 Paris, France

This is a former royal palace located in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, France. A popular monument decorated in the antique style so fashionable in the 18th century. There is art, history, cafes, shops, and magnificent gardens to enjoy here. This is one of the favorite spots for locals and tourists to come for a stroll. It now serves as the seat of the Ministry of Culture, the Conseil d'État, and the Constitutional Council.

Luxembourg Palace15 Rue de Vaugirard, 75291 Paris, France

Luxembourg Palace was originally built to be the royal residence of the mother of Louis XIII of France, Marie de’Medici. It currently serves as a popular tourist attraction as well as the seat of the Senate of the Fifth Republic. Construction began in 1715 for this architectural gem built for Marie de' Medici. Its magnificent heritage is visible throughout its hallways.

Palace of VersaillesPlace d'Armes, 78000 Versailles, France

The Palace of Versailles is an opulent complex and former royal residence outside of Paris. It was a simple hunting lodging and later a small château with a moat occupied the site until 1661. The Palace was stripped of all its furnishings after the French Revolution, but many pieces have been returned and many of the palace rooms have been restored. The Palace of Versailles has been listed as a World Heritage Site for 30 years and is one of the greatest achievements in French 17th century art.